Updated April 5, 2017
For aircraft operators to fly into and out of DCA, they must designate a security coordinator at their company and adopt a DASSP. As part of the DASSP, they must ensure that all flight crewmembers have undergone a fingerprint-based criminal history records check (CHRC).
Once aircraft operators have complied with those requirements, they will be eligible to apply to the FAA for a slot reservation into DCA, and to TSA for authorization to operate specific flights into and out of DCA.
To receive TSA authorization for a flight, aircraft operators must do the following:
- Submit passenger and crew manifests 24 hours in advance of flight.
- Have name-based threat assessments conducted by TSA on their flight crewmembers and passengers on the flight.
- Carry an armed security officer (ASO) who also must have a threat assessment conducted by TSA, as well as specialized training and authorization from TSA.
- Have their last point of departure from a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) that holds a security program issued by TSA at an airport designated by TSA (referred to as a "gateway airport").
- Have the TSA inspect the aircraft and screen the passengers, carry-on property, and property carried in the cargo hold of the aircraft, before it departs for DCA.
- Operate under instrument flight rules and comply with all applicable FAA rules, including those rules for operating in the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ).
- Pay any costs and fees required under the program, including a threat assessment fee for each passenger and crewmember whose information the aircraft operator submits to TSA as part of the flight approval process.