GA Groups Hail Amendment To Limit TSA

 - May 28, 2009, 10:28 AM

NBAA, EAA, AOPA, GAMA, NATA and the Airports Council International have come together to support an amendment penned by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) that would curtail the TSA’s issuance of regulations and security directives (SDs) using emergency procedures to bypass the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The amendment is for H.R.2200, The Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act. In a letter sent recently to Rep. Mica, the groups cite the current example of the TSA’s airport badging security directive (1542-04-08F), issued in December and effective this coming Monday, which imposes “onerous” new requirements on airport users without any input from stakeholders. “We have seen the TSA repeatedly use SDs to vastly expand existing requirements without consideration of the implementation challenges, operational impacts and economic burdens such mandates impose on the aviation industry,” the letter reads. “We believe your amendment would provide the TSA the flexibility to tactically respond to any imminent threats while being directed to rely on the APA for the strategic introduction of new security requirements. Your amendment properly balances risk mitigation and necessary tactical response with potential industry impacts and appropriate public review.”