Washington, DC — (June 6, 2013). The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 22,000 professional airline pilots at carriers including American Airlines, US Airways, UPS Airlines, ABX Air, Horizon Airlines, Southern Air, Silver Airways, Kalitta Air, Miami Air, Cape Air, Omni Air, Alegiant Air and Atlas Air, applauds the TSA’s recent decision to reverse implementation of changes to the “Prohibited Items List”.
TSA Administrator John Pistole announced today, “After extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), law enforcement officials, passenger advocates, and other important stakeholders, TSA will continue to enforce the current prohibited items list”. The TSA announced that it was abandoning its’ plan to permit small knives and certain sporting equipment such as golf clubs to be carried on board aircraft. In a statement carried by the Associated Press, TSA Administrator John Pistole said, “After getting the input from all these different constituents, I realized there was not across-the-board support that would serve us well in moving forward.”
CAPA, as a key industry stakeholder, played an active role in advocating for maintaining the Prohibited Items List “as is”. CAPA President First Officer Mike Karn along with CAPA Executive Vice President Captain Larry Rooney and CAPA Executive Director Maryanne DeMarco met with Administrator Pistole last week to discuss a wide range of issues, including Risk-Based Security and CAPA’s concerns about the TSA’s policies. In particular, President Karn emphasized the importance of taking into account stakeholder input from the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), which is co-chaired by a CAPA representative.
Administrator Pistole acknowledged the need for additional stakeholder input on the “prohibited items” issue and indicated that TSA would seek further input as U.S. aviation security policy continues to evolve. President Karn expressed his gratitude to Administrator Pistole for acknowledging CAPA’s concerns and for being receptive to future cooperation and collaboration.
CAPA applauds today’s decision by the TSA to maintain the prohibition on small knives and other potentially dangerous items. “Crewmembers are a critical component to aviation security and, as trusted partners to TSA, should be involved in the decision-making process. We are pleased that the TSA has reaffirmed its’ commitment through this recent decision,” stated CAPA President Mike Karn.