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TSA Extends Comment Deadline for Proposed Security Program

60 more days added for input on security proposal

November 10, 2008 — The Transportation Security Administration informed EAA Monday that the comment period for its Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal will be extended by 60 days – from December 29, 2008, to February 27, 2009. EAA had asked for 90-day extension through the end of March, but was nonetheless pleased with TSA’s prompt action on the request.

“We thank the TSA for agreeing with the many industry group and EAA members’ requests for an extension, providing an additional two months to study and react to the proposal,” said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. “This proposal would be an unprecedented restriction on the freedom of movement for private U.S. citizens. It would also, for the first time, require governmental review and authority before a person could operate his/her own personal transportation conveyance.

“I would think many more people, such as owners of large recreational vehicles, would share many of the same concerns aircraft owners are having about this.”

Requirements contained in the proposal for aircraft weighing more that 12,500 pounds include fingerprinting and performing background checks on all flight crews, vetting passengers against the government’s terrorist watch lists prior to every flight, and imposing numerous security requirements on airports serving “large” aircraft.

Directions on how to submit comments are contained on page 2 of the notice of proposed rulemaking.

How to submit a comment:

To request an extension of the public comment period, refer to Docket No. TSA-2008-0021, “Large Aircraft Security Program, Other Aircraft Operator Security Program, and Airport Operator Security Program.”

  • By Mail, In Person or Fax to the Docket Management Facility, US Dept. of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington DC 20590-0001.
    Fax 202-493-2251.

  • Electronically through the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.Regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    To follow all the public comments to the TSA security proposal, visit the docket site located on www.Regulations.gov.

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