Do I Need a TSA Waiver?

What is a TSA Waiver?TSA_Waiver

For those familiar with international flight operations and the need for overflight and landing permits, the TSA Waiver can be viewed in much the same way. While it’s called a ‘waiver’, it is essentially an authorization given by the US Transport Security Administration allowing aircraft to operate to, or overfly and transit the United States and its territorial possessions. There are 6 different waivers however the one you are likely most interested in is the International Waiver.

What’s an International Waiver?

The International Waiver authorizes an aircraft operator to operate to/from, within and over the United States and its territorial possessions i.e. Guam, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, etc.

Do I need a TSA Waiver?

You might. It really all depends on your aircraft weight, where the aircraft is registered, and what you’re doing. Being a US Operator or having a N-Registered aircraft does not necessarily exempt you from the need of having a TSA Waiver.

Here’s a checklist to help you figure out if you need a TSA Waiver or not:

US Aircraft

US (N-Reg.)With a MTOW LESS than 100,309 lbs. or 45,499 kgs., that OVERFLY OR LAND in the United States or its Territorial Possessions, you DO NOT NEED a TSA Waiver.

With a MTOW GREATER than 100,309 lbs. or 45,499 kgs., that OVERFLY the United States or its Territorial Possessions without actually landing in the United States, you DO NEED a TSA Waiver.

With a MTOW GREATER than 100,309 lbs. or 45,499 kgs. that LAND in the United States or its Territorial Possessions, you DO NOT NEED a TSA Waiver.

Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Island, Bermuda or British Virgin Island Registered Aircraft

Regardless of aircraft weight, if you are operating DIRECTLY TO the United States or its Territorial possessions, you DO NOT NEED a TSA Waiver.

Regardless of aircraft weight, if you OVERFLY or OPERATE WITHIN the United States or its Territorial Possessions, you DO NEED a TSA Waiver.

With a MTOW LESS than 100,309 lbs. or 45,499 kgs., that OVERFLY or operate WITHIN the United States or its Territorial Possessions, DO NOT NEED a TSA Waiver PROVIDED that the flight originated in AND is arriving in Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, pr the British Virgin Islands.

With a MTOW LESS than 100,309 lbs. or 45,499 kgs., that OVERFLY the United States or its Territorial Possessions, DO NEED a TSA Waiver IF the flight DID NOT originate in AND arriving in Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, or the British Virgin Islands.

Other Foreign Registered Aircraft

Regardless of MTOW, if operating DIRECTLY TO the United States or its Territorial Possessions, a TSA Waiver is NOT REQUIRED.

Regardless of MTOW, if OVERFLYING or operating WITHIN the United States or its Territorial Possessions, a TSA Waiver is REQUIRED

Mr.TIf you’re still confused, have some questions, or need assistance in obtaining your TSA Waiver, please feel free to contact us at air.support@worldairops.com