TSA GA Liaison Could Be a Step in the Right Direction
March 19, 2009 — EAA and other general aviation organizations have urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to include industry input when designing new security directives - like the universally dreaded Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). TSA’s recent appointment of a General Aviation Liaison could signal a start in that direction.
Whether the agency uses the position to attempt to collaborate, or merely to placate, will determine value of this office to the GA community.
The agency recently announced Juan M. Barnes as the agency’s GA liaison. He’ll serve as the main contact for GA stakeholders to voice concerns and pose questions about TSA programs, policies and security directives. The liaison program will also include monthly teleconferences between TSA officials and GA stakeholders. Plus a special TSA e-mail account has been established for stakeholders to convey concerns at any time.
“We consider this is a step in the right direction and welcome TSA’s action with regard to our longstanding requests for this sort of inclusion in their processes,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs.