Fingerprints: 10-year criminal record checks

By Stephen P. Prentice One of the fallouts of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center is now a mandatory requirement for fingerprint-based criminal history record checks in the airline industry. Your fingerprints will be or have been taken...

Security czar, program, and manual

All of the regulatory requirements of the TSA must be managed by a security department following a program approved by the TSA authorities. A security czar with an appropriate department must be established by any operator covered by the regulations. In addition, a security operations manual must be prepared outlining the details of a long list of procedures to enhance internal security at the operator’s facilities.

The company security czar will have an official title of aircraft operator security coordinator (AOSC) and must be appointed at the corporate level. This person will be the point of contact for the TSA for all security-related activities and communications that are required by the company manual and relevant TSA regulations. This person must be available on a seven-day, 24-hour basis. In addition, a second employee must be designated as the ground security coordinator for each domestic and or international flight departure and carry out the duties described in the operator’s security program as outlined in the company security manual. This person will have many daily duties that include:

1. Review of all applicable security-related functions

2. Initiate immediate corrective action for any non-compliance

A third person must also be designated by the company who is called the in-flight security coordinator. This person will typically be the pilot in command of the aircraft. His added duties will be as described in the company security program contained in the security operations manual.

Now that we have had this brief view of the new security regulations we can only wonder where it will all end.

Stephen P. Prentice is an attorney whose practice involves FAA-NTSB issues. He has an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and is an ATP rated pilot. He worked with Western Airlines and the Allison Division of GMC in Latin America, servicing commercial and military overhaul activities and is a USAF veteran.

Additional ReSource
For additional information on 49 CFR 1544.229,
you can visit the TSA website at

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