H.R. 1373: To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an order regarding secondary cockpit barriers

April 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 1373: To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an order regarding secondary cockpit barriers was introduced on April 5, 2011 by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY2):

H.R.1373 — To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an order regarding secondary cockpit barriers. (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 1373 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1373

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an order regarding secondary cockpit barriers.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 5, 2011

Mr. ISRAEL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an order regarding secondary cockpit barriers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) The safety and security of the civil air transportation system is critical to the United States security and its national defense.

(2) A safe and secure United States civil air transportation system is essential to the basic freedom of Americans to move in intrastate, interstate, and international transportation.

(3) Terrorists have previously used planes as weapons and exploited United States aviation security.

(4) Reinforced cockpit doors that must be opened for physiological and operational needs present a clear vulnerability when the doors are open and this compromises the security and safety of the aircraft and its passengers.

(5) Many all-cargo aircraft do not have a cockpit door installed for protection from passenger aggressors and stowaways.

SEC. 2. IMPROVED FLIGHT DECK INTEGRITY MEASURES.

(a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall issue an order–

(1) requiring the installation of secondary barriers preventing access to the flight deck of any commercial aircraft operating under part 121 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(2)(A) for an aircraft that is equipped with a cockpit door, requiring that such secondary barriers remain locked while the aircraft is in flight and the cockpit door separating the flight deck and the passenger area is open; and

(B) for an aircraft that is not equipped with a cockpit door, requiring that such secondary barriers remain locked as determined by the pilot in command.

(b) Considerations- In issuing an order under this section, the Administrator shall take into account–

(1) the most promising and cost effective of the available technologies relating to secondary barriers described in subsection (a); and

(2) the cost and time schedule for deploying such barriers.

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