TIACA calls for risk-based approach to security

TIACA is urging its members to pay close attention to the US TSA’s new freighter security plans and to make their views known if they feel there could be any problems.

CFR Doug Brittin TIACA transport security administration TSA

TIACA members have been advised that recently released updates to Security Programs for all-cargo aircraft in the US must be implemented by 16 February 2015. The updated Security Programs, issued by the US Transport Security Administration (TSA) on 29 December 2014, affect all US and non US-based freighter aircraft operators within, into, and out of the US.

“The timing of the announcement over the holiday season, and the short implementation period are not ideal,” said Doug Brittin, TIACA secretary general. “While the updates incorporate some ideas which the industry has worked on with the TSA, they do not address the risk-based approach, which we have discussed and fully supported.”

The programmes incorporate structural changes and previous Emergency Amendments and Security Directives, but also require some changes in compliance procedures. Forwarders, regulated agents, and passenger carriers who tender cargo to freighter operators may also see an impact and should be notified by the operator where necessary, according to TIACA.

In accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), all-cargo/ freighter operators may notify their appropriate TSA Representatives regarding any elements of the programme changes which they cannot implement by the effective date, and seek amendments. However, given the short implementation timeline, this also poses a challenge for industry. TIACA is recommending that members initiate this where necessary as soon as possible, to avoid any compliance issues.