The Transportation Security Administration heeded AOPA's concerns about its proposed cargo security rule and minimized the effect this new rule will have on general aviation.
The rule, which was published last week, will take effect October 23 and will not require security identification display areas (SIDAs) at GA airports served by air cargo operators. The air cargo operators will be responsible for preventing unauthorized access to the operational areas of the aircraft.
"It is good that the TSA took into account the concerns we voiced in our comments last year," said Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory and certification policy. "This mitigates the impact on GA at airports served by cargo operations and prevents an expensive and unnecessary cost for our members."
Had the TSA not changed its rule to address personal aircraft operating near cargo handling operations at GA and commercial airports, AOPA members could have been required to comply with air carrier-type security requirements, including obtaining an FBI criminal history records check and credentials giving them access to the airport ramp.
May 31, 2006