LoBiondo's Secondary Barrier Study Bill

Federal Law Enforcement Officers to Congressman LoBiondo – Studies Are Not Solutions!

Washington, DC ‐ Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its opposition to H.R. 2946, introduced by House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo, and criticized the bill as a potentially fatal legislative stall tactic that would prevent the installation of secondary barriers aboardcommercial planes.

Chairman LoBiondo recently introduced H.R. 2946 directing the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to assess and report on the risk posed to commercial aviation security if a flight deck door is opened during flight. FLEOA has strong concerns with this approach.

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick previously introduced H.R. 1775 ‐ The Saracini Aviation Safety Act, which would mandate proven secondary barriers on all commercial aircraft.

Instead of bringing H.R. 1775 to consideration before the Committee, Chairman LoBiondo has opted to introduce a bill calling for "more studies" of airline security.

As federal law enforcement officers tasked with keeping Americans safe, FLEOA would like to remind the Chairman that September 11, 2001 proved that unsecured cockpit doors are vulnerable.  Additionally, the FAA already asked the RTCA and CATO institute to conduct similar studies of cockpit security.

In those studies, the groups included all stakeholders including the TSA, aviation corporations, Boeing, and security experts. All, including TSA, agreed that secondary barriers were the most cost effective and best method to secure the cockpit from a breach.

So why is Chairmen LoBiondo opting for another "study" at taxpayer expense rather than having his Committee take up a bill, The Saracini Aviation Safety Act, which actually solves the problem at no cost to the taxpayer?

FLEOA National President Jon Adler stated, "We can't afford to mull over safety issues indefinitely while terrorists actively plan to cause us harm. Danger by any other name is still danger, and H.R. 2946 calls for an unnecessary study that will reach a conclusion that was already confirmed: secondary barriers between the cockpit and the cabin will save lives."