TSA announces new Aviation Security Advisory Committee members

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National Press Release
Monday, November 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced today the appointment of 24 new members to the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) – TSA's sole Federal advisory committee that gives the agency recommendations for improving aviation security methods, equipment, and procedures.

"The Aviation Security Advisory Committee plays a vital role in helping TSA continuously enhance our ability to ensure the security of the traveling public," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. "One of my main priorities since joining TSA has been strengthening our relationship with stakeholders, and I look forward to working with these key security and industry leaders as we continue evolving into a high-performance, world-class counterterrorism organization that focuses on risk-based, intelligence-driven, layered security."

This advisory committee enhances TSA's security posture through consultation with key partners concerning potential risks to infrastructure, passengers, and cargo. In addition, ASAC gathers input from stakeholders on the effectiveness of security procedures and develops recommendations for improvements to aviation security methods.

On October 27, 2011, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed the following members to the committee:

  • Rosemary Dillard, National Air Disaster Alliance
  • Glenn Johnson, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103
  • Duane McGray, Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network
  • Michael McCormick, Global Business Travel Association
  • Richard Macomber, National Industrial Transportation League
  • Michael A. Cintron, International Airline Passengers Association
  • Michael France, National Air Transportation Association
  • Thomas A. Zecha, Jr., Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Douglas Carr, National Business Aviation Association
  • Paula Hochstetler, Airport Consultants Council
  • James I. Briggs, Jr., Airports Council International – North America
  • Carter Morris, Jr., American Association of Airport Executives
  • Eric Thacker, Air Transport Association
  • Kenneth J. Dunlap, North America International Air Transport Association
  • Liam R. Connolly, Regional Airline Association
  • Timothy H. Shaw, National Air Carrier Association
  • Bill Cason, Coalition of Airline Pilots Association
  • Chris Witkowski, Association of Flight Attendants
  • Paul Feldman, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Dan Johnson, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association
  • Leslie L. Riegle, Aerospace Industries Association
  • John Hazlet, Jr., Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association
  • Brandon Fried, Airforwarders Association
  • National Safety Coordinator, Air Line Pilots Association

The committee has a membership limit of 27 representatives and candidates beyond the 24 announced today may be presented for appointment as needed to support the work of the committee. Members serve up to two-year terms and those included in today's announcement will serve terms of office that will expire on July 23, 2013, coinciding with the expiration of the charter.

ASAC was established in 1989 following the terrorist bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103. For more information on ASAC, visit www.tsa.gov.