TSA to begin inspecting airliner repair shops

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 3:03 PM

The Transportation Security Administration is gearing up to begin inspecting shops that repair airplane parts all over the world.

TSA will now be able to issue security orders and inspect repair stations authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to work on U.S. planes. The FAA focuses on the quality of work at repair stations. But there have been worries that terrorists could steal a plane or plant a bomb in one.

The main focus is on repair stations at airports.

Unions criticized the new rules, which will be published Monday, as being too weak. Unions have been pushing for tighter regulation of overseas stations, where work is often performed by non-union workers.

Industry groups say the rules mean the FAA can lift a ban on certifying new foreign repair stations.

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