On April 26, 2005, the FAA published its Disposition Of Comments On Final Rule regarding the flightdeck security rules (e.g. reinforcement of cockpit doors etc.). The FAA discusses the history of the rule and subsequent amendments, the comments it received to the rule and its responses to those comments. The comments addressed such issues as cargo operations, applying the rule more broadly, the performance standards test methods, inflight access to the flightdeck, and the availability of advisory material and the FAA’s assessment of the cost of the rule, to name a few.
The comments and responses make for interesting reading. In the end, the FAA concluded that “[a]fter consideration of the comments submitted in response to the final rules and in view of actions being implemented by the TSA for safe air cargo operations, the FAA has determined that no further rulemaking action is necessary.” You may review the public dockets, including the rules and comments here using the simple search and entering docket numbers 11032, 12504 and 15653.