Traveling to Washington D.C. after 9/11

After the attacks on 9/11, overall faith and trust in flying was at an all time low. Nowhere was it felt more than among private charters headed towards D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Only a few miles from the United States Capitol and just a mile from the Pentagon, DCA acts as an international crossroads for many government agencies as well as businesses operating within the private sector.

Immediately after 9/11, heavy restrictions were put on commercial travel to and from the airport. Private planes were initially restricted all together. In 2005, some restrictions were lifted but it was still very difficult to fly in and out of DCA. The DASSP or “DCA Access Standard Security Program,” instituted requirements that made it impossible for many to actually make the journey.

Through lobbying by the TSA (Transportation Security Association) and the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) more restrictions were lifted and now DCA is again proving to be a viable option for qualified private aircraft charters.

Below are some of the steps that are required by Aircraft operators:

1. Select a security coordinator who will be your TSA point of contact.
2. Complete the ‘Aircraft Operator Application” and “Non-Disclosure Application” and return to the TSA.
3. Apply for the DASSP program by contacting the Principal Security Inspector for your region.
4. Complete background checks, and finger printing.
5. Receive the DASSP program and receive a compliance inspection.

Luxury Aircraft Solutions will only use authorized operators to perform trips into Ronald Reagan National, For more information on planning your trip to DCA, contact Luxury Aircraft Solutions. Our knowledgeable representatives can help you with all aspects of your trip including complying with necessary regulations.

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