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Congressional opposition to TSA's LASP

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From AOPA:

Lawmakers warn of legal challenge to LASP
The Transportation Security Administration is wading through more than 4,800 comments received on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program. The agency is categorizing comments by topic before responding, but officials admit the feedback has been overwhelmingly negative. Nearly two dozen House Republicans warned of "possible legal challenges or congressional obstacles" if the LASP is not overhauled, and many critics have called for a government/industry task force to rewrite the rules. "The proposal fails to recognize the inherent differences that exist between private and commercial aviation," said AOPA President Craig Fuller, urging the TSA to work with industry representatives to "fill the sizeable information gaps."


Homeland Security committee chair blasts LASP: The Transportation Security Administration's Large Aircraft Security Program is not suited to general aviation aircraft and should not go forward without industry input, said the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the TSA. In a March 2 letter to the TSA, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., called for the agency to delay implementation of the program and engage with Congress and industry stakeholders. Under LASP, commercial airline security procedures would be applied to aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, regardless of how they are used.
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