TSA proposes new screening requirement for general aviation

10/10/2008 | USA Today

Passengers hoping to board private jets will have to pass a background check under a TSA proposal announced Thursday. The agency wants all passengers to provide names and birth dates, which would be checked against terrorist watch lists just as with commercial passengers. With some 15,000 private jets in the U.S., the program would cost about $200 million per year, TSA estimates. An additional 150,000 piston aircraft would be exempt from the new requirements.

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