If you don't operate an aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds you might wonder what is happening in that corner of our world. Well, take a gander at the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) called LASP (Large Aircraft Security Program). Included are the following major elements:
- Security Threat Assessment With Criminal History Records Check for Flight Crew Members
- Watch-List Matching of Passengers
- Unauthorized Peresons and Accessible Weapons on Board Large Aircraft
- Designation of Aircraft Operator Security Coordinators, Ground Security Coordinators and In-Flight Security Coordinators
- Third-Party Audits for Large Aircraft Operators
Add to this the rules for carrying Federal Air Marshalls and now the picture is complete. Just wait until the TSA gets through with this group of aircraft owners and imagine what's coming next for operators of smaller aircraft. I am sure some idot at the TSA can imagine a Piper Navajo loaded with fertilizer and made into an aerial bomb so that he can figure out how to control those aircraft as well!!!!
God help us all!
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
Every time I fly and am forced to remove my shoes, I'm grateful Richard Reid is not known as the Underwear Bomber.
— Douglas Manuel, aerospace executive regards airport security. Reported in USA Today, 13 March 2003.