The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has applauded a decision by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials to eliminate a historically unpredictable and burdensome process for companies using business aviation to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S. NBAA and federal security officials are in agreement that the move will reduce the administrative burden and costly travel delays for industry that have beset the waiver program in recent years, while preserving stringent security protocols for U.S.-bound flights.
“Companies across the world that rely on business aviation will welcome today’s announcement, because it recognizes the importance of international commerce to the U.S., and the central role of business aviation in driving that economic activity,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “This change will greatly reduce the barriers while maintaining essential security for companies wanting to bring their business and investment to the U.S.”
The TSA’s new procedure, which applies to aircraft registered outside of the US, was unveiled today by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Under the new procedure, those using company-owned airplanes to travel to the U.S. to conduct business will no longer be required to undergo the TSA’s traditional process for obtaining an international waiver to enter the country.