Homeland Security is now taking comments on its new proposed rules for aircraft departing from a US airport for a foreign country, and arriving into the US from a foreign country. If their new rules go into effect all aircraft will have to summit a complete manifest to DHS by Internet before leaving the US or leaving a foreign country for the US. This will need to be done at least 60 minutes before departing from the airport. And you will need a clearance from this government agency before you will be able to leave.
For those of you that fly international know that phone contact into the US is difficult or impossible from many airports in foreign countries. To require Internet access to request and then wait for your request to be process and receive a clearance will be even more difficult.
If I see any interest in this subject posted here. I will come back with the procedure to make your comments known to the proper officials, and what should be told to them.
The proposed new rules can be seen by going to
dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/eAPI … 091107.pdf