Colorado Airport Operators Feeling TSA Stress
The mainstream media is starting to take note of the impact of TSA rules that general aviation pilots and operators have been unhappy about, and if a story in this week’s Denver Post is any indication, GA may get a sympathetic hearing.
The Post reporter said the TSA refused to release a copy of the directive, but a spokeswoman wrote that all personnel with access to secure areas, including private pilots, must undergo a Security Threat Assessment, which includes matching their names against a terrorist database, a criminal background check, and a review of immigration status.
Pilots must attain a security badge from each of the 13 commercial airports in the state, and passengers and guests who don’t have badges must be escorted.
Dennis Heap, director of the Front Range Airport, said the directive is a major step toward shutting down the nation’s GA system. “General aviation is a huge economic generator that polices itself very well,” Heap said. “Why are we doing this?”
(Editor’s Note: Exactly, why is TSA doing this? Most likely because they have been allowed to do whatever they want to date. Enough is enough! All of GA needs to push back hard on this rediculous requirement).