TSA starts Secure Flight program – General Aviation News

The Transportation Security Administration announced on March 31 the implementation of its Secure Flight program, which shifts watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to TSA. So far, TSA has assumed watch list matching responsibility only for passengers on domestic commercial flights, working with four aircraft operators, but it plans to add more carriers “in the coming months.” The big question: whether Secure Flight will somehow be merged with other programs which, if approved by Congress, will limit general aviation activity severely.

“The implementation of Secure Flight is a critical step toward mitigating threats we know exist in our aviation system,” said TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides. “Secure Flight improves security and protects passenger privacy and civil liberties by ensuring the confidentiality of government watch list matching protocols.”