Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its strong support for "The Saracini Aviation Safety Act," in light of the alarming air travel safety issues depicted in the video "Two Seconds to Breach."
In that video, a cockpit breach occurs in quick succession despite the current airline security procedures. The breach occurs during the moment the cockpit door is opened for crew to transit to or from the cockpit. A flight attendant and beverage cart placed as on obstacle poses no challenge for the would‐be hijackers. This is not what was promised post‐9/11, nor what the American people deserve.
FLEOA National President Jon Adler stated, "This video makes clear that gaps in our airline security still exist, and we need to address this vulnerability. Putting our flight attendants in harm's way to repel trained homicidal maniacs is an unacceptable strategic failure."
Adler said, "We need to remember that on September 11th, 2001, terrorists hijacked aircraft and used them as a weapon of mass destruction to kill 2,873 Americans. In its aftermath, we vowed as a nation to "Never Forget," yet it seems with distance, we are forgetting."
FLEOA is a strong supporter of H.R. 1775/S. 1495, The Saracini Aviation Safety Act, which would mandate proven secondary barriers aboard all aircraft, a necessary additional layer of security to keep Americans safe.
FLEOA would hope this video prompts Congress to move forward on this commonsense legislation that would fulfill the promises those same officials made to the American people after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Adler added, "With the lack of movement with this bill and decreased funding for our Federal Air Marshals (FAMS), the flying public is still at risk due to complacency. The 9/11 Commission cited a "failure of imagination" as part of the reason 9/11/01 happened and yet some of our elected officials and those in the airline industry seem to be suffering from amnesia and not imagining that a breach could still happen."
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies.