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EAA, Aviation Groups Support Amendment to TSA Authorization Bill

May 22, 2009 — EAA joined five other aviation organizations in support of an amendment authored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) aimed at curtailing the Transportation Security Administrationís issuance of regulations and security directives (SDs) using emergency procedures to bypass the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The amendment is for HR 2200, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Authorization Act.

In a letter to Rep. Mica from EAA, AOPA, NBAA, GAMA, NATA, and the Airports Council International, the groups cite the current example of TSAís airport security directive (1542-04-08F) issued December 10, 2008 and effective June 1, 2009, which imposes onerous new requirements on airport users without any input from the stakeholders.

"We have seen the TSA repeatedly use SDs to vastly expand existing requirements without consideration of the implementation challenges, operational impacts and economic burdens such mandates impose on the aviation industry," the letter reads.

"We believe your amendment would provide the TSA the flexibility to tactically respond to any imminent threats while being directed to rely on the APA for the strategic introduction of new security requirements. Your amendment properly balances risk mitigation and necessary tactical response with potential industry impacts and appropriate public review."

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