The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has delayed to 1 February the deadline for operators to comply with the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program.

The programme was introduced after last year's terrorist attacks to enhance the safety and security of commercial air-taxi operators, which use aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 5,675kg (12,500lb), through a raft of strict and compulsory measures.

Industry trade associations including the National Air Transportation Association say that about 850 operators would not be able to comply with the original implementation date because extra time is needed to train staff.

NATA suggests the TSA may also delay the 1 December deadline for the Private Charter Standard Security Program which requires on-demand operators of private charter aircraft with an MTOW of 43,000kg or more to implement new airline-like security rules. "We understand the TSA may increase the MTOW to 100,000lb [45,000kg], which will exempt Bombardier's Global Express," says NATA.

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Source: Flight International