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Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

VIPR Inspections At Part 1542 Commercial Airports Ongoing


VIPR Inspections At Part 1542 Commercial Airports Ongoing
May 10, 2011

Over the last week, NATA has received reports of a number of visits by Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams at Part 1542 commercial airports.  These inspections come as a result of enhanced security measures that have taken place around the country in response to the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Recently, NATA crafted a white paper outlining the makeup of these VIPR teams.  To view NATA's white paper, please click here.

The purpose of VIPR teams is to "operate throughout the airport environment as an additional layer of security to enhance TSA's ability to prepare for, protect against, or respond to acts of terrorism and to protect persons, facilities, and critical infrastructure in all modes of transportation.  VIPR teams are to consult with all transportation entities directly affected by the deployment of VIPR teams, as appropriate, including air carriers, airport operators, local security and law enforcement officials and fixed-base operators."

NATA members who encounter VIPR inspections should contact Eric R. Byer, NATA's vice president of government and industry affairs, at

For general press inquiries, contact Shannon Chambers at 703-298-1347 or

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