Senate Bill Nine Would Have Required GA PAX Screening
The Ohio Senate has passed a
homeland security bill that is much friendlier to general aviation
than it had first appeared.
AOPA's state legislative experts previously met with officials
from the Ohio Department of Transportation and representatives from
Gov. Bob Taft's office to stress the uniqueness of GA airports and
to make sure any security initiatives are consistent with industry
As it was introduced, Senate Bill 9,
sponsored by Senate President Jeff Jacobson, would have required
airports to screen all GA passengers, maintain five-year logs of
all transient aircraft, and require double locks on all aircraft.
As unanimously passed by the Senate on Tuesday, the bill no longer
includes these provisions and now simply requires pilots to "secure
their aircraft." The bill also requires airports to adopt a
security plan consistent with security guidelines published by the
Transportation Security Administration, which prominently features
AOPA's Airport Watch Program.
Other provisions require aircraft renters to present
government-issued identification and their pilot certificates to
the FBO or flight school. It also requires airports to develop a
written list of emergency contacts and telephone numbers, restrict
access to aircraft keys by unlicensed persons, create an emergency
locater map that details the airport layout and infrastructure (to
be protected from mandatory public disclosure), and familiarize
local law enforcement agencies with the airport and consult with
them in the airport's development of security procedures.
While AOPA is not formally supporting the bill, AOPA's state
legislative experts are pleased that the bill is now consistent
with best industry practices and with federal law.