ManTech to monitor flight schools for non-U.S. flight trainees

Published 12 December 2005

Four years after 9/11, TSA signs up ManTech to monitor non-U.S. applicants for flight training in the U.S.

The fact that the 9/11 terrorists learned to fly in U.S. flight schools only adds poignancy to an already-painful story. DHS is determined that this will not happen again. Fairfax, Virginia-based ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) was awarded a contract from the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to provide analytic services for the vetting of non-U.S. citizens requesting flight training in the United States. The five-year, $10.5 million contract was competitively awarded. The TSA’s Alien Flight School Program (AFSP) is designed to prevent terrorists from receiving pilot training in U.S. flight schools. As a prerequisite to flight training, non-U.S. citizens must provide TSA with fingerprints, biographical information, including full name, passport and visa information — and training specifics such as the type of aircraft the candidate seeks instruction to operate. ManTech professionals will assist TSA in reviewing alien candidate applications, working with a variety of databases to cross reference and characterize potential risks. ManTech assisted TSA in the development of acceptable techniques, processes and procedures necessary to implement the Congressional directives associated with the AFSP.

-see more at company Web site