As a pilot, flight attendant or other airline employee, you, more than anyone else, appreciate the magnitude of the threat terrorism brings to commercial aviation. You also know how woefully unprepared we are for another 9/11 attack and how critical resources have been squandered, providing the “appearance” of better security, with little substance.
Airline pilots, one of the most responsible and competent cadres of professionals in society, have been at times, treated as part of the problem instead of the solution – “costs” to be controlled, rather than “assets” to be cultivated. When pilots, supported by 75% of the public, volunteered to be trained to defend their cockpits against terrorists at no charge to anyone, they were rebuffed by the very organizations that stand the most to lose in another terror attack – the airline managements and the Administration. Flight Attendants were similarly ignored when they asked for mandatory self-defense training. Instead, years and billions after September 11th, flight and cabin crews are being screened for weapons to ensure they cannot take control of an airliner – five minutes before they are given control of an airliner.
The Federal Flight Deck Officer Program is a shell of what it should be, with only a small percentage of our nation’s pilots participating, due to being discouraged and/or disqualified by the Transportation Security Administration – the very agency charged with implementing the program. This is not airline security!
The Airline Pilots Security Alliance is the only organization of aviation professionals dedicated exclusively to implementing real airline security solutions for pilots, flight attendants, passengers, and the innocent citizens below.
APSA was started in the wake of 9/11 by volunteer member pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association to repair the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. We quickly expanded to include tens of thousands of pilots from every major airline, all working honestly, forthrightly, and in a nonpartisan manner, to prevent future 9/11’s and other aviation threats.
We are pilots and flight attendants like you. We believe empowering volunteer pilots and flight attendants to be trained and given the tools to defend against future attacks – acting as a powerful, and almost cost-free resource in the war on terror, is our best defense against another 9/11. We work closely with pilots’ and flight attendants’ unions, federal air marshals and aviation security and intelligence experts. APSA was the primary consultant to the development of the Cockpit Security Technical Corrections and Amendments Act, a bipartisan bill introduced into Congress to improve airline security.
APSA is seen by Congress, the press, and many professional law enforcement and aviation organizations, as one of the few organizations not marred by politics or distraction. We are nimble and responsive. We work together for one goal, none of our volunteers receives ANY compensation, and every single dollar you contribute goes directly to support the fight for true security – and your collective futures.
We need your help! Terrorists are targeting our industry. The clock is ticking, and the airline industry is completely unprepared, despite what the public is being led to believe.
Another 9/11 would devastate forever, an already crippled airline industry, destroy our freedom to fly, cost thousands of jobs, and cause airlines to disappear. Those professionals among us who survive the industry’s devastation would see dramatically reduced salaries and a very uncertain future in an industry we hardly recognize. We would also lose friends, as we did once before, when we were the first defenseless victims of the war on terror.
What is it worth to prevent a tragedy that will eventually happen – tomorrow – or several years from now? What is it worth to be treated as the professionals you are? What is it worth to be allowed to be part of the solution? APSA has already introduced one bill into Congress to fix airline security. With your help, we can save our futures, and those of many others, not to mention the lives of thousands of Americans.
Become a part of the solution. Your donation of $100 – one time – may be an investment that saves an entire career and thousands of lives.
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Don’t forget what that beautiful, horrible morning was like. Let’s not let it happen again.