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AOPA formally asks TSA to suspend enforcement of "pilot insecurity" rules
Posted on Thursday, February 20 @ 22:07:44 EST by Caroline
This from the AOPA Website :- Feb. 20 — AOPA has put its objections to the "pilot insecurity" rules in a formal letter to Transportation Security Administration chief Adm. James M. Loy. Following up on a phone call between AOPA President Phil Boyer and Adm. Loy, Boyer wrote February 19, "While AOPA fully supports the goal of combating terrorism and has worked closely with the TSA in this effort, we oppose the Agency's recent final rule. We believe it undermines one of the most foundational elements of the nation by suspending the rights of U.S. citizens who hold pilot certificates to 'due process.'" AOPA asked TSA to suspend enforcement of the new rules to allow for public comment. The association noted that FAA has always had the authority to revoke an airman's certificate on issues of national security, but that prior to the new TSA rules, that process had included specific procedural rights and an appeal to an impartial adjudicator. [See also AOPA's regulatory brief and the final rules: Ineligibility for an Airman Certificate Based on Security Grounds (text | PDF); Threat Assessments Regarding Alien Holders of, and Applicants for, FAA Certificates (text | PDF); and Threat Assessments Regarding Citizens of the United States Who Hold or Apply for FAA Certificates (text | PDF).] More...

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