Flight Services

Transportation Security Administration Rule

Flight training that requires screening

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens and grants candidates permission to train at all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulated flight schools. Candidates are required to complete an application prior to beginning flight training in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 44939 and 49 CFR 1552.

Who needs to be screened?

Foreign pilots and non-U.S. citizens/nationals seeking a new initial type rating and pilots requiring recurrent training need to obtain TSA screening and permission to train.

Pilot candidate actions

TSA classifies flight training into four categories - three out of the four are applicable to Boeing Flight Services trainees. Category I and II cover initial and STAR training. Category IV covers recurrent training.

Our team can confirm which security categories are required per pilot and the procedures necessary for approval. Pilots must have the required qualifications to belong to a specific category.

Once our team confirms the training schedule and course details (STAR and initial training), foreign pilot candidates need to apply on-line at least 60 days prior to their first scheduled full-flight simulator date. TSA allows themselves 30 calendar days, once all required documents are in hand, to screen and approve flight candidates. Pilots should allow themselves at least 30 days lead time for submitting recurrent training details.

Depending on the category assigned, each pilot must:

  • Sign on-line and submit background information to TSA via the website, after confirming location, identification and course dates. This applies to pilots in Category I, II or IV.
  • Send TSA and Boeing a scanned copy of current/valid passport and visa.
  • Send TSA and Boeing a scanned copy of current pilot's license – be sure to include all airplane ratings.
  • Pay $130.00 processing fee; categories I and II (when notified by TSA email; via credit card). NOTE: the Category IV fee ($70.00) will be submitted by Boeing and then either included in the contract or billed separately.
  • Complete the fingerprinting process (when notified by TSA); categories I and II only -- procedures are located below and at: http://www.asc-csc.com/printoffices/. (Normally, a pilot is only required to be fingerprinted one time for all future flight training.).

Please note that a U.S. citizen/national is only exempt from TSA's risk assessment process once they have provided documentation to prove their status (for example: passport, original birth certificate with state/federal-issued picture identification, FAA badge or military I.D. accompanied by a unit letter/orders, etc.).

Training locations that require screening

Initial and recurrent flight training conducted in the United States requires screening. FAA regulated initial and recurrent training outside of the U.S. at Singapore, London-Gatwick, Shanghai require screening.

Campus Arrival

Foreign pilots must have TSA permission to train prior to traveling to Boeing's training campus. Please have a current and valid passport, visa, airman's certificate, FAA badge, or military identification (as applicable), ready for presentation during in-processing and at the start of full-flight training. The campus team will take a digital picture of you upon arrival and provide it to TSA.


If you encounter problems while submitting background information on-line, please contact one of our Security Agents, by telephone or by email, to discuss your specific circumstance or to answer any questions you may have about the TSA process:

Francesca Anello
+1(404) 669-4610

Karlo Alvarez
+1(786) 265-4720

Stephanie Westgor
+1(206) 662-4083

On-line information is available at https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.afsp
TSA Helpdesk assistance is available via email at afsp.help@dhs.gov (most effective method).
Call TSA directly at phone number (571) 203-8470.
Review the U.S. Aviation and Transportation Security Act (section 113, Flight School Security) at: http://www.tsa.gov/research/laws/law_regulation_rule_0010.shtm