‘Safety Starts with Two’

The greatest safety feature on any airliner is having two highly trained pilots on the flight deck at all times. Yet some manufacturers and airline managements are proposing to remove pilots from the flight deck—a profit-driven scheme that poses a significant threat to safety.

“Removing pilots from the flight deck will increase risk to the public and will place the safest mode of transportation in the world in jeopardy,” says Capt. Jason Ambrosi, ALPA’s president. “Some argue that, despite the safety risks, your future flight should be operated with fewer pilots on the flight deck. As an airline captain, I can tell you that’s insane.”

In response to this reduced-crew operations safety threat, ALPA, the European Cockpit Association, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, and three global pilot alliances have launched a worldwide grassroots advocacy campaign, “Safety Starts with Two.”

Campaign assets include a website, a virtual toolkit for social media engagement, and a physical toolkit that includes bag tags, badge backers, and stickers—in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish—for use by ALPA members and the global pilot community, including the Associations of Star Alliance Pilots, the Oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition, and the SkyTeam Pilots Association, as a way to show their support and engage with members, local regulators, and legislators.

Spread the word that Safety Starts with Two by taking part in this worldwide campaign to ensure the current standards that have helped make airline travel the safest form of transportation aren’t eroded.

For more information, e-mail SafetyStartswith2@alpa.org.

This article was originally published in the June 2023 issue of Air Line Pilot.

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