Fighting for Airline Security

As Congress begins its work on FY2013 appropriations, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) remains concerned that the President’s 2013 budget recommends funding cuts of approximately $36 million from the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) and $13 million from the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program.  The result of this proposed budget cut would be a reduction in the number of federal air marshals currently assigned to front-line duties protecting airline flights, and it would nearly cut in half the funds dedicated to the FFDO program. The FFDO program is a critical and cost-efficient airline security program, costing approximately $15/flight segment.  It is staffed by thousands of fully trained and deputized ALPA pilot volunteers, who already make great personal and professional sacrifices to secure our flight decks.  ALPA pilots are the last layer of defense for our commercial airline flights, and ALPA is actively engaging Congress to adequately fund this critical aviation security program.

Read more about ALPA’s policy recommendations for the FFDO program

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