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For FSR Level A, I see a fence is required or there is an option for no fence? Surely a fence is required for the highest security level. Can you explain the reasons?

TAPA FSR provides an option to certify a facility at Level A with a physical barrier in place (a fence or wall) or you can still obtain an ‘A’ certificate without a physical barrier in place. TAPA’s preference is for an external barrier to be in place. The reasons behind this optional requirement are due to the fact that many facilities are unable to construct an external barrier due to restrictions that prevent them from doing so. The most common example of this is seen at FSR Level A facilities located at airports. Sometimes, the airport authority has a common controlled perimeter for warehouse/handling operations, or it is the case that the facility cannot be protected by a fence/barrier because it is not permitted to construct one as there is no space. At an airport, it is nearly always the case that facilities are leased from a property management company and external constructions are just not possible. Therefore, the demand for FSR Level A, and the lack of a solution to construct an external barrier, really dictates that a ‘no barrier’ option is needed. When the non-barrier option is selected, alternative security measures are needed to warn and prevent unknown persons entering a facility. This topic recently came up at a TAPA World Wide Change Control Board (WWCCB) meeting and TAPA has agreed to explore if more can be done to increase the external areas of a facility with no external barriers.

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