The Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) is similar to the TFSSP but adds additional requirements for aircraft operators using aircraft with a MTOW of greater than 45,500 kg (100,309.3 pounds) or configured with 61 or more passenger seats. The PCSSP requires the same security measures as TFSSP, but also requires screening of passengers and accessible property.
All Part 135 operators of aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or more but less than 45,500 kg must still comply with the TSA’s Twelve-Five Standard Security Program requirements. According to the TSA, shifting to the higher weight and passenger criteria better correlates with other international security measures, such as enhanced flight-deck security, and more effectively captures the intended aircraft population.
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TSA has acknowledged that a significant majority of private charter operations do not occur at airline terminal areas where there is already a TSA presence and forcing all operations to such areas would pose excessive burdens and create unnecessary delays at the roughly 430 airports where the airlines operate. Therefore, TSA has formally determined that operators will be able to utilize non-TSA screeners to complete the passenger screening functions if certain conditions are met. Those conditions include the unavailability of TSA screeners due to time of day or aircraft location and when using established screening checkpoints would create logistical difficulties or disrupt ongoing activities. Use of non-TSA screeners is subject to approval by the TSA.
The passengers, purpose and destination of a large charter aircraft can vary widely and include sports teams traveling for competitions, well-known celebrities and other high-profile passengers traveling for business or leisure. The TSA has recognized these issues and the fact that numerous airports without airline service are routinely utilized by these aircraft. As a result, the agency has stated they will authorize special procedures as necessary to prevent difficulties.