NBAA, NATA Critical of New Twelve-five Rule

 - October 3, 2007, 11:40 AM

NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have submitted comments on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “twelve-five” program, requesting a delay in the June 24 implementation date. The new rule applies to transport-category (12,500-lb mtow and above) air-taxi operators when passengers or crew are enplaning or deplaning in an airport’s “sterile” area (generally the airline ramp or terminal and its gates). NBAA complained, “The ambiguity of the rule and several conflicts with other existing regulations would make it difficult for operators to achieve compliance.” NATA said the rule is designed for the Part 121 airline industry and “does not work” when applied to the air-taxi industry. NATA also noted that the “boilerplate” security program promised by the Transportation Security Administration has yet to be released.