The transmission of a master crew list (MCL) to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required, but unfortunately, the agency has no mechanism in place to facilitate the mandate.

 - September 26, 2006, 7:36 AM

At this point, to review MCL submissions, the TSA is using the CBP Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) which commercial carriers use to submit passenger and crew manifests for trips into, out of and over-flying the U.S.

Air-taxi operators must create an APIS submission that looks like a trip but contains certain specific code words to identify it as an MCL. Operators may submit and manage the MCL using CBP’s eAPIS Online Transmission System at www.cbp.gov and follow the link to APIS.