The Transportation Security Administration directive requiring badges for all users of airports where there is commercial service became effective June 1, after some modifications were made to address some of the general aviation community’s most immediate concerns.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in a statement: “The Agency’s willingness to address our most pressing concerns gives us optimism that, over time, TSA officials will remain ready to discuss additional, unforeseen and unexpected effects of the program so that it does not become an impediment to operations. The Association has long believed that the…badging requirement is overly broad and ill-suited to the unique operating needs of business aviation, so we will continue working with the Agency to address our ongoing concerns.”
NBAA and other GA trade associations sent a letter last month to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking that the TSA withdraw the directive and engage in a rulemaking process that allows NBAA and others to provide input.
To read Bolen’s full statement: www.nbaa.org/ops/security/airport-badges