TSA inaction on security rules for overseas repair stations

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Hadn't heard of this one, apparently TSA has been lagging in promulgating rules, and Congress has forbidden them to approve new overseas repair stations until the rules are promulgated.

    Note that this has nothing to do with the quality of repairs, which is the FAA's problem. This only concerns TSA's security meddling.

    Aviation Pros: ARSA Surveys Impact of TSA Inaction

    The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a new survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates.

    Congress prohibited the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from acting on foreign repair station certificate applications submitted after Aug. 3, 2008, because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had not finalized repair station security rules. The ban is an unprecedented example of punishing industry for a federal agency’s inaction. U.S. aviation companies are barred from tapping into rapidly expanding overseas markets, which is hindering job creation and growth at home.

  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Aviation Week: Inaction's Impact--An Update

    ... As ARSA explains, the lost opportunity is due to a penalty that Congress put in place after TSA missed its deadline. In what some point to as a splendid example of Washington insider logic, Congress banned FAA from issuing new foreign repair station certificates until TSA issues its rule. One could argue that Congress simply is looking to ensure any foreign repair security loopholes are closed before it permits more to be added to the rolls. One also could argue that the ban is doing more harm than good, hurting U.S.-based businesses by cutting into revenues and stifling job growth. Oh, wait--one already did ...

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