TSA Roadshow Continues To Draw Criticism From Every Side
a series of meetings held by the Transportation Security
Administration to listen to public response on the
proposed Large Aircraft Security Program was held last week at the
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY.
"The TSA is looking at addressing the risks associated with
general aviation," TSA spokesman Michal Morgan said before the
meeting. "That includes the use of aircraft as a weapon or as a
conveyance mechanism for dangerous materials."
The TSA predicts that expanding its oversight from 650 to over
10,000 operators will cost $196 million a year, with 86 percent of
the financial burden to fall on the affected plane owners.
The New York Times reported that during the forum, over 60
pilots, executives, and spokespersons for the GA community
expressed their thoughts on the implementation of the proposed
regulations - all negative.
Jeff Lee, corporate pilot and president of the Westchester
Aviation Association, said, "We've seen in Iraq that a Toyota
packed with explosives can be an effective terror tool; the
question is what will be the likelihood of that happening? This
proposal does not truly enhance the nation's security."
Hapco Farms pilot Sally Pezza said, "I've been flying for this
company for 23 years; we fly the same people to the same places.
We're solid American citizens. It's so ridiculous, we're
Hapco has utilized business aircraft for 45 years, saving
traveling company executives time and money in the process. But
adding up the costs the new regulations would impose, Pezza was
uncertain whether maintaining a corporate jet would remain
"It's going to cost me $10,000-plus to get some guy to put this
program together and X amount of dollars for FBI fingerprint
checks," Pezza said. "Another X for the security audit, X for each
passenger to be approved by the TSA for each flight. It's just too