Wed, Apr 01, 2009
And We Thought LASP Was Bad...
APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Further proving the notion
that anything the Transportation Security Administration can do, it
can also do even more ineptly... on Wednesday TSA announced it has
dropped its planned Light Aircraft Security Program (LASP) in the
face of strong opposition from pilots and Congress. In its place
will be a new program called CLASP.
Rather than try to secure general aviation at the airports, the
goal of CLASP is to secure the pilot community. This will be
accomplished by fingerprinting the 590,000 pilots in the US and
running an FBI background check on them.
The TSA estimates it can run the CLASP program by hiring 9,400
new inspectors, using funds contained in 2009 Stimulus Package...
and from the $135 fee pilots would be charged.
Unlike LASP, there is no comment period; it's already here. "We
now understand by reading through the 4,800 comments submitted to
LASP exactly what the concerns of the pilot population are," said
an agency spokesman. "Since we've designed this new program to meet
those concerns, we didn't feel that there was a need to solicit any
further comments on the new program."
When asked what the letters in "CLASP" stood for, the spokesman
responded "Oh no, CLASP is not an acronym. It simply means that we
need to lock down the pilot community to provide the ultimate in
security for our country."
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