President Obama on Thursday announced that he intends to nominate Erroll Southers as the fifth administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A former FBI agent, Southers is currently an assistant chief for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department’s Office of Homeland Security and Intelligence.
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Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to negotiate with general aviation interests before promulgating security rules such as the controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
Yesterday, at a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, general aviation proponents had an opportunity to express their concerns about Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules proposals and security directives.
Under a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010 that was passed by the House last week, lawmakers lauded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for working with general aviation stakeholders to develop a modified Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rule that “minimizes adverse affects on general aviation while addressing security concerns.” H.R.2892 urges the TSA to “weigh all the costs and benefit
A provision that would establish a general aviation working group to advise the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on GA security issues is contained in the TSA Authorization Act expected to pass the House of Representatives before it adjourns tomorrow. The working group will look at security issues for general aviation facilities, including GA aircraft and helicopter operations at general aviation and commercial service airports.
The TSA has established a stakeholder liaison position dedicated to addressing concerns about recent security measures, including the Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, a security directive that would require additional screenings for general aviation pilots at commercial airports and “Operation Playbook.” Juan Barnes (e-mail: TSAGeneralAviation@dhs.gov) has been tapped to fill the new rol
Now that the former Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone–renamed the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area–has become permanent, general aviation can turn its eyes to other security actions.
NBAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA urging the agency to establish a rulemaking committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
Transportation Security Administration officials conducted unauthorized screening of passengers and flight crew at FBOs at Nashville International Airport in December and January, according to NBAA. The screening included checking “a number of pilots and passengers with wands and actual baggage searches,” NBAA vice president of safety, security and regulation Doug Carr noted in an e-mail to members.
Janet Napolitano, the two-term Democrat governor of Arizona who has been nominated to become the third Secretary of Homeland Security, heads to Washington with mixed reviews, according to in-state news articles.