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TSA Proposes Increased Security at Repair Stations

November 19, 2009 — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Aircraft Repair Station Security Program this week. The new rule would require certificated stations at home and abroad to implement strict access controls, provide security awareness training, and allow for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspections. The proposal would affect 4,227 FAA-certificated repair stations in the U.S. as well as 694 foreign shops.

"This proposed rule supplements FAA requirements that protect aircraft undergoing repairs from terrorist threats," said TSA Office of Security Operations Assistant Administrator Lee Kair. "By enhancing repair station security, this rulemaking guards against the potential threat of an aircraft being destroyed or used as a weapon."

The public has 60 days to submit comments to the NPRM. See instructions for submitting comments on page 2 of the NPRM document.

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