TSA defends long-delayed rules for repair stations

As TSA officials go before Congress today to explain their proposed security rules for aircraft repair stations, some critics are asking why the agency took so long. Congress first ordered such rules in 2003, then again in 2007, and the rule proposed this week on the TSA website could still be years away from implementation. A TSA spokesman says the agency worked for years to craft a rule that made sense for the wide variety of repair shops, some of which are small businesses located miles from the nearest airport. Meanwhile, industry officials insist repair stations already operate under strict security. "This is an industry that takes security and safety very, very seriously," says Matt Hallett of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. "It hasn't sat idly by waiting for TSA."

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