Committee on Homeland Safety Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation & Maritime Safety Subcommittee Chair Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Aby way oftion Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) have despatched letters to 4 primary airways urging them to require their crew members to attend TSA’s Crew Member Self Protection Program So as that they are outfitted with The required expertise To discourage and mitigate dangerous circumstances as unruly passenger conduct spikes throughout the nation. 

The Chairs additionally requested thOn the airways current crewmembers with paid time, journey, and lodging to Take part in This method.

“This voluntary, no-value teaching is led by Federal Air Marshals To level out crew members The biggest Technique to defuse tense circumstances and defend themselves all by way of bodily altercations with passengers,” wrote the Chairs. “Predespatchedly, flight attendants and completely different members of the flight crew who Want to attend this teaching should Obtain this outdoors Of labor hours and safe journey and lodging On Their very personal expense.”

“Although All of us hope most flight crew members Will not ever Want to make use of The expertise they study On this course, the disturbing enhance and depth of disruptive incidents aboard planes has accentuated The need for such teaching.  It is our hope That you merely’re going to require And current for flight crew members to attend this teaching as An factor of your ongoing efforts to uphold security and restore shopper confidence in air journey.”

Learn the letter On The house Committee on Homeland Safety