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Commercial Airports

Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement


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Mission: To enhance the security of our Nation’s commercial airports by collaborating and partnering with airport industry stakeholders to develop efficient and effective security policies and programs for commercial airports.

Overview: The Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (OSPIE) Commercial Aviation Airports Branch is responsible for airport security regulations, policies, and programs applicable to approximately 450 U.S. commercial airports. U.S. commercial airports are regulated for the purposes of aviation security under Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations Part 1542 (49 CFR 1542).

Programs and Initiatives

Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design, & Construction
The OSPIE Commercial Aviation Airports Branch facilitated the efforts of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) working group in May 2011 to revise the 2006 edition of “TSA’s Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design & Construction”. 

In-Depth Security Review (IDSR) Working Group
The IDSR is a working group comprised of American Association of Airport Executives and Airports Council International – North America members and staff as well as TSA‘s Commercial  Aviation Airports Branch, Office of Chief Counsel, and Office of Security Operations. The IDSR working group meets regularly to thoroughly review all active 49 CFR 1542, airport security directives and security program amendments and consider their inclusion, revision, or deletion within the regulatory framework.

Regulatory Requests from Airport Operators
The OSPIE Commercial Aviation Airports Branch is responsible for reviewing and recommending approval or disapproval of requests from airport operators for alternate measures to security directives and re-categorizations based on passenger traffic and security assessments.

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Contact Us

Mike Duffy, Commercial Airports Industry Engagement Manager

For general information regarding OSPIE Commercial Aviation Airports Branch, please send inquiries to:

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Latest revision: 04 February 2014