Aviation Discussion Essay on TSAs Civil Penalties

TSAs Civil Penalties

            The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency of the  Homeland Security Department tasked with overseeing security in all modes of transportation including, aviation, sea, and road transport. This agency holds the ability to issue and revise regulations whenever necessary to carry out its functions. It inspects, maintains, and tests security facilities, systems, and equipment.  Apart from security checks, the TSA issues civil penalties for different violations which are considered serious.  It also uses progressive enforcement like counseling and warnings which are used in case of a minor noncompliant or, if the violation could be corrected instantly.

For intentional violations, the TSA issues civil penalties which apply to passengers, operators, workers, and other categories involved in transport. The penalty increases with the seriousness of the offense or violation. Lesser violations could get off with on-spot-counseling or even administrative action while serious violations attract maximum penalties including fines. To promote compliance, TSA has civil penalty maximums for each category of violation for example aircraft operators would receive a maximum penalty of $27,500 per violation. For passenger violations such as carrying prohibited items or concealed weapons, they are issued a penalty of $5000 and below. If one is issued with the penalty and refuses to pay, it is forwarded to a debt agency where the violator will pay with interest. If one stiff refuses to pay with the agency, the debt is forwarded to the U.S.A Treasury for collection. As much as TSA can issue penalties, the alleged offender could also take the different form of action including reviewing the investigative report; ask for an informal hearing on the matter or even request a court hearing on the matter.