As a result of successful collaboration with the aviation industry, the TSA is proud to announce the issuance of the revised Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS) for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems Version 6.0. The TSA prepared PGDS Version 1.0 as part of the Baggage Screening Investment Study (BSIS), in consultation with the aviation industry during 2006, and published it in October 2007. Since then, the TSA has completed several rounds of review processes in which industry comments and follow-on PGDS studies were incorporated and published in subsequent Versions 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 4.1, 4.2 and 5.0. For the most recent version, Version 6.0, over 370 industry comments were reviewed and adjudicated. At the industry’s request, a Key Changes Table has been added to Chapter 1 to help identify the most significant changes and its location in the document. The format of the document has been changed from a two-column, print-oriented functionality to single column electronic-oriented format.

TSA welcomes comments to the PGDS Version 6.0 from industry stakeholders and will continue to coordinate with the aviation industry to periodically update the PGDS.

Comments and suggestions should be sent to pgds@tsa.dhs.gov .