The Impact of Security Measures on Small, Commercial Service Airports: One Perspective

Recently imposed security measures in aviation directly impact the small, commercial airports within the United States that accommodate not only commercial service but also house general aviation (GA) activities. The Transportation Security Administration's Security Directive 1542-08F, issued in December 2008, requires background checks and the issuance of identification media to all pilots and personnel with unescorted access to the airport operations area. This paper discusses what this security directive means to small airports that house both commercial and GA activities. SD 1542-08F forces airport officials to implement costly security upgrades with no funding and to risk losing GA tenants in the aftermath of the mandated changes. The author suggests that a more cooperative approach between the Transportation Security Administration and the airport community would help balance the need for security with the practical effects of implementing new regulations.


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  • Accession Number: 01147932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 18 2010 4:20PM