TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger delivered the closing remarks at the Air Line Pilots Association Air Safety Forum held at the Washington D.C. Hilton Aug. 22-25.
The safety forum, now in its 62nd year, is an annual assembly of air transportation professionals and features numerous panels and discussions with aviation safety and security experts.
During his keynote address, Neffenger shared his vision for preparedness and collaboration in enhancing aviation security. “I want to drive towards a true global security system with consistently enforced standards,” said Neffenger. “I hope over the coming months we can dialogue about some of the things you are seeing in foreign airports and our own airports and where you see opportunities for improvements, because no one sees as many places as you do collectively. You all have a very important perspective.”
Since its inception, TSA and the pilots association have collaborated on important security programs including the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, Known Crewmember program and the Cockpit Access Security System.
“ALPA was honored to have TSA Administrator Neffenger participate in our premier event which brings together aviation safety and security experts to engage on key issues that affect the future of our industry,” a spokesman for the association said in a statement. “We are grateful for the opportunity to hear first-hand TSA’s vision of aviation security and look forward to our continued partnership on key issues.”
The Air Line Pilots Association is the world’s largest airline pilot union, representing more than 54,000 pilots at 31 U.S. and Canadian airlines. The conference comprised of more than 400 airline pilots, government employees, as well as aviation industry professionals and addressed improvements in aviation safety, security and the increased use of unmanned aircraft systems.