On September 10, 2002, the Office of Homeland Security implemented Threat Condition Orange (High Risk) across the United States imposing flight restrictions on some aircraft operators. These restrictions will remain in place until the threat condition is reduced. Once this occurs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to permit banner towers and blimp operators, operating under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 91, to apply for waivers permitting flights over stadiums and open-air assemblies.
The TSA/FAA is developing a waiver process and plans to issue those procedures the week of September 16. The draft plan as it stands now would require:
TSA will conduct a public listening session on Wednesday, September 18, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The session will enable aircraft operators and other interested parties to address their concerns to the TSA.
The session will take place at the General Services Administration Auditorium, which is located at 7th and D Streets, SW, Washington, D.C. The auditorium (Room 1041) is located immediately behind the Security Desk at the D Street Visitors' Entrance.
Michael D. Robinson
Associate Under Secretary
Transportation Security Administration
September 13, 2002