SAFETY Act at Your Airport

Posted on Centerlines Blog on Oct. 16 by Nelson Lam

While many of you may know what SAFETY Act is, others may not. Scott Gibbons, Vice President of Administration at Cincinnati International Airport (CVG), the first airport applicant for SAFETY Act, details his experience of the SAFETY Act process. So what is the SAFETY Act first?

“The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether in products or services.” So why is this important for airports? Well the simplest answer is cost and liability. For airports, the SAFETY Act provides total immunity and presumption of dismissal of any claims . This certification and designation of protection applies to subcontractors, vendors, distributors, and contractors of the airports. Scott expects savings to be approximately $20,000 savings a year at CVG.

So what’s the airport protection process? Well first register as “seller” of ATT, complete a pre application, participate in a pre application consultation, apply for designation, apply for certification, respond to RFI’s, and finally host onsite evaluations.

Last but not least, what are some tips to SAFETY Act you may say? Well here’s some useful takeaways for airports from Scott’s experience:

1. Internal resource available – know what internal resources you have to complete the process

2. Designation, Certification, or both – what is the level of protection you want from SAFETY Act

3. How far do you exceed TSR 1542 – ask the question of “not certifying compliance with TSA regulations.

4. TSA support – what is your relationship with your local TSA

5. Documented story of terrorism liability premiums – it’s required for application

6. Performance of airport ASC

7. Performance of police department (PD) – how they support the airport security program

8. Performance of security contractors