ALPA Calls on Congress to End Sequester Threat Now
At a news conference
held yesterday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int’l joined members of Congress and travel association
representatives in calling for federal lawmakers to ensure that the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),
and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are not forced to make hundreds of
millions of dollars in across-the-board budget cuts because of the so-called
sequester, which could go into effect on March 1.
“The impact of sequestration cannot be underestimated because at the very
time many of our passengers are contemplating their next business trip or family
vacation, our pilots are looking at a future in which they will have no other
choice than to leave those passengers stranded at the gate,” said Capt. Sean
Cassidy, ALPA’s first vice president, at the news conference, which included
Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).
ALPA warned that the possibility of mandatory
across-the-board budget cuts raises the specter of thousands of eliminated,
canceled, or delayed flights; reduced passenger service at security and customs
checkpoints; air traffic control facility closings; and furloughs, reduced
hours, or job eliminations for tens of thousands of U.S. airline industry
“Congress must make certain that the U.S. airline industry continues to fuel
our nation’s economy, provide jobs for tens of thousands of hard working
Americans, and deliver the service that passengers and cargo shippers expect and
deserve from the U.S. air transportation system,” said Cassidy following the
news conference. “This nation’s lawmakers must act immediately and end the
Watch the video clip
and view the
photo slideshow from the news conference.
Read ALPA’s news release.
Read more on sequestration.