Back on October 28, 2002, the FAA issued a final rule requiring all airman to carry a government issued picture ID along with their airman certificates. Although issued as a final rule without the typical advance comment period, the FAA did provide the opportunity for interested parties to submit comments to the final rule. The deadline for submitting comments was November 27, 2002.
In today’s Federal Register, the FAA published its Disposition of Comments on Final Rule. Generally the comments were supportive of the rule as a cost-effective, expeditious means of enhancing aviation security. Some of the comments were critical of the rule and wanted the FAA to go further with airman certificates containing photo ID’s and other biometric data. However, after reviewing all of the comments, the FAA felt that no additional rulemaking was required at this time.