TSA Access Protocols Enacted for GOP Convention

 - August 12, 2008, 10:59 AM

Holders of DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) clearances will be permitted to operate through the temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas surrounding the Republican National Convention in the vicinity of Minneapolis/St. Paul from September 1 to 4. Only current DASSP operators, of which there are more than 200, are eligible. That means that they must carry an armed security officer, screen crewmembers and passengers and meet all other conditions stipulated in the DASSP–which authorizes access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport via gateway airports–with one change. Required security information will have to be submitted 96 hours before departure instead of the usual 24 hours. Because the convention has been designated a national special security event, the Secret Service is the lead agency in charge of security design, planning and implementation. No similar program is necessary for the August 25 to 28 Democratic National Convention in Denver because the applicable TFRs should have no adverse impact on general aviation flights to surrounding airports.