Eddie Mayenschein is the Assistant Administrator for the Policy, Plans, and Engagement office and has executive responsibility for developing effective and efficient risk-reducing security policies and plans in cooperation with the nation’s transportation stakeholders. In this capacity, he spearheads a unified effort to protect and secure the country's intermodal transportation systems including airports, airlines, general aviation, air cargo, mass transit and passenger rail, freight rail, pipeline, highway and motor carriers and maritime. Mayenschein brings 40 years of aviation experience and a deep understanding of TSA to his role.
During his tenure at TSA, Mayenschein served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Federal Security Director at Washington Dulles International Airport, an aviation expert in the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement and General Manager of Operations Performance in the Office of Security Operations. In the Office of Security Operations, he was responsible for all of TSA technical training, checkpoint design and operational performance and other key programs. He has led several top-secret task forces concerning overseas threats and developed counter-terrorism contingencies across multiple government agencies in collaboration with industry.
Before joining TSA, Mayenschein served as an executive at United Airlines and was Vice President of Flight Operations for Ameriflight, the largest Part 135 airline in the world. In addition to serving 21 years as a US Airways pilot, he performed in multiple management and executive positions at US Airways and was responsible for leading its second successful bankruptcy. He is an FAA airline transport pilot and holds type ratings on multiple aircraft.
Mayenschein also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard where he commanded in an Attack Helicopter Battalion and Aviation Brigade. He also served as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and aviator assuming multiple assignments at a variety of air stations while on active duty. He holds the distinction as one of a very few military officers who were designated both a naval aviator and Army master aviator logging in excess of 20,000 accident and incident free hours in both fixed and rotary winged aircraft. In addition, he is a trained and experienced aviation accident investigator and recognized safety and security expert.