July 28, 2014. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) conducts Security Threat Assessments (STA) on individuals who are not U.S. citizens or nationals and other individuals designated by TSA seeking flight instruction or recurrent training from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified flight training providers. TSA previously conducted a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and PIA Updates for the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP). TSA conducted this PIA because several updates to AFSP have been made, including: 1) TSA performs recurrent vetting of covered individuals; 2) The Defense Attaché collects biographic information and creates a record in AFSP about foreign military pilots endorsed by the Department of Defense (DoD) for flight training in the United States; and 3) TSA has submitted an updated National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) schedule to change records retention to 80 years in order to permit TSA to comply with a requirement that it re-use fingerprints for recurrent flight training during the life of the covered individual. This PIA should be read as a stand-alone document. Upon publication of this PIA, the previous PIA and PIA Updates for AFSP will be retired.
Last Published Date: May 10, 2019