Captain Lee Moak sent a letter today to Members of Congress urging support for HR 1775, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013.
In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. Airlines are required to use procedures to protect the cockpit when the reinforced door is opened during flight for pilots’ meals, restroom use, and other reasons. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. The Saracini Aviation Safety Act is a bipartisan bill that simply fulfills the intent of Congress from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure.
ALPA is asking all pilots to tell their representatives to cosponsor this bill today. ALPA members can write their representatives using our call to action system here!