WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today urged the Administration to maintain its focus on a risk-based approach to aviation security, and to work collaboratively with airlines and airports to effectively implement the new security directives outlined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“We recognize and share DHS’s commitment to addressing threats to aviation security. U.S. airlines not only share that commitment, but have substantial, practical expertise on these matters as we work every day to protect our passengers, crew, aircraft and the public,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “While we have been assured that carriers will have the substantial flexibility necessary to implement these measures on a global scale, we believe that the development of the security directive should have been subject to a greater degree of collaboration and coordination to avoid the significant operational disruptions and unnecessarily frustrating consequences for the traveling public that appear likely to happen.”
A4A and its members have repeatedly made clear that we are ready and willing to work with the Administration to address our concerns about the feasibility of meeting a worldwide directive. We urge the Administration to pursue a risk-based, intelligence-driven plan to implement enhanced security measures where the risk analysis determines they are most appropriate.
We look forward to working with the Administration and DHS on our shared commitment to aviation security.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.3 million passengers and more than 55,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.