TSA Asks GA To Be Its Eyes, Ears Around Inauguration

 - January 15, 2021, 12:49 PM

As part of the preparations for the presidential inauguration next week, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking help from the general aviation community to report any “suspicious or disruptive activity” to local law enforcement agencies, NBAA reported. “In light of the recent events at the U.S. Capitol, and in preparation for the upcoming presidential inauguration, the Transportation Security Administration is asking our general aviation partners to maintain a heightened security awareness through the end of January,” TSA said in a security awareness communication.

NBAA noted that security has been tightened at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport since the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Operators who plan to be in the Washington, D.C. metro area in the next few weeks should expect airspace restrictions and make reservations with FBOs for parking and instructions on additional security or parking issues.

“TSA’s outreach continues to reinforce the value of the general aviation community’s vigilance in reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement officials,” said Doug Carr, NBAA v-p of regulatory and international affairs. “It’s important that the business aviation community recognizes the unique security situation being developed for the upcoming presidential inauguration.”

Suspicious or unusual activity can be reported to an operator’s local law enforcement agency and/or the Transportation Security Operations Center at 877-456-8722.