Norwegian Air International Call to Action

ALPA’s Policy Paper

In this year’s edition of Leveling the Playing Field, the third edition of ALPA’s policy paper, the Association provides the blueprint lawmakers need to make U.S. airlines viable companies in the global marketplace. With the deck stacked against the United States, it’s vital that the U.S. government act on the issues threatening the airline industry. The U.S. airline industry is in survival mode, and only the strongest (and/or best funded) will rise above the noise in Washington, D.C.

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Legislative Issues

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Call to Action II:
Urge Your Senators to Vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment, Deny NAI

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Coats (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) will offer an amendment during the week of June 16 when the Senate takes up its FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations bill (S. 2438). This amendment mirrors the amendment passed in the House. Debate could start as soon as Monday, June 16, so the time to act is now! If you have already signed the petition and/or participated in the Call to Action to the House of Representatives, it is time to step up again for Round 2. Your efforts are working! Take Action Today to send a message to your U.S. senator. Also call your senators through the Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment to Deny NAI! Every email, tweet, and phone call counts!

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Call to Action:
Support 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. H.R. 1775/S. 1495, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure. Tell you representatives to cosponsor this bill today!

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Call to Action:
The Safe Skies Act of 2013

The Safe Skies Act has been reintroduced! Like its predecessor in the 112th Congress, the Safe Skies Act of 2013 will correct the oversight made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its final regulations (FAR 117) to address pilot fatigue for passenger airlines only. The rules excluded cargo airline operations from mandatory compliance. For decades, ALPA has advocated for “One Level of Safety” for the simple reason that all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally regardless of payload or flight mission. Contact your representative today to urge them to support the Safe Skies Act and achieve One Level of Safety.

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