April 11, 2019

ALPA Applauds Introduction of Safety Is Not for Sale Act

Measure Would Take New Action in Never-Ending Commitment to Enhancing Aviation Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Safety Is Not for Sale Act.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l applauds the introduction of the Safety Is Not for Sale Act, a bill that would make additional safety information available to airline pilots in the cockpit and provide airlines with more safety data about the equipment they operate, while also making onboard safety enhancements easier to acquire.

“We commend Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) for their leadership in ensuring that air transportation in the United States maintains the highest possible safety standards and continues to set the bar for commercial aviation around the world.

“As the world’s largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization, ALPA is deeply aware that aviation safety work must never be considered complete. To protect the passengers, crews, and cargo we fly, the U.S. airline industry must constantly enhance the equipment, processes, training, and procedures that have made commercial air transportation the safest mode of transportation in history. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this measure as the latest effort in the United States’ never-ending commitment to making a safe air transportation system even safer.”

A copy of the Safety Is Not for Sale Act is available here.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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