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Aviation Security Advisory Committee

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Our Mission

Our mission is to examine areas of civil aviation security with the aim of developing recommendations for the improvement of civil aviation security methods, equipment, and procedures.

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Research and Guidance Documents

Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction
TSA Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction which provides guidance to the commercial airport industry on many subjects to include: airport layout, security screening, emergency response, access control, identification management, biometrics, and communications.
» Click here to read the most recent version, dated May 2011. (PDF, 4.7 MB)

The Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Airport Checked Baggage Inspection Systems are part of the Baggage Screening Investment Study (BSIS) undertaken by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in consultation with the aviation industry during 2006. The BSIS Guidelines are intended to assist planners and designers in developing cost-effective solutions and to convey TSA requirements for checked baggage inspection systems.

Baggage Screening Investment Study Synopsis
The Baggage Screening Investment Study defines an investment strategy for the Transportation Security Administration's Electronic Baggage Screening Program, which will accelerate the deployment of Explosives Detection System equipment and more automated checked baggage screening systems at U.S. airports, thereby improving security and lowering life-cycle costs.
» Click here to read the rest of the synopsis. (PDF, 50 KB)

Information from Past ASAC Meetings

September 10, 2009 ASAC Meeting

December 15, 2011 ASAC Meeting

May 21, 2012 ASAC Meeting

September 18, 2012 ASAC Meeting

February 6, 2013 ASAC Meeting

April 22, 2013 ASAC Meeting

July 22, 2013 ASAC Meeting

Press Releases

Latest revision: 12 September 2013