Allied Pilots Association urges adoption of secondary cockpit barriers

The Allied Pilots Association, certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed strong support for legislation that would require secondary cockpit barriers for larger commercial airliners, the association said.

The bill — H.R.911 in the House and S.911 in the Senate — would mandate secondary cockpit barriers for Part 121 commercial aircraft equipped with more than 75 passenger seats with a maximum gross takeoff weight exceeding 75,000 pounds.

The House and Senate versions of the bill are titled “The Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2015.” United Airlines Capt. Victor Saracini was pilot-in-command of United Airlines Flight 175, which the terrorists commandeered and flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. H.R.911 is part of the pending House Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act, with efforts underway to include S.911 in the Senate Commerce Committee bill for FAA reauthorization.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union´s website is American Airlines is the world´s largest passenger airline.