Washington, DC – (July 26, 2013). The Senate Appropriations Committee has recently approved $25 million funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program for FY2014. With the House of Representatives having approved funding earlier this year, the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) take pride in the ability of our committees, along with our numerous supporters and allies to promote this effort on Capitol Hill.
CAPA worked hard to restore funding to this critical security program after the proposed budget indicated that the FFDO program would receive no funding for FY2014. In conjunction with the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) and the Federal Flight Deck Officer Association (FFDOA), we took our message to Congress and re-emphasized that the FFDO program is one the most cost-effective aviation security programs available.
Our FFDOs represent the last line of defense for the security of the flying public and many members of Congress agreed. CAPA believes that the FFDO program is already underfunded and should be strengthened. In addition, we are pleased that Congress has recognized the value of this program by maintaining level funding during sequestration.
“We will always have to remain vigilant to protect the programs that ensure the safety and security of our profession and the flying public,” CAPA President Mike Karn stated. “Our nation’s pilots have always dedicated themselves to the highest level of safety and security. As a profession, we simply can never stop our efforts to ensure the highest standards are upheld.”
We would like to express our gratitude to the many Senators and Congressman who have long-supported the FFDO program.