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FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WANT FEDS TO BEEF UP CABIN SECURITY…

Posted on 08 March 2010

The federal government has made it clear its strategy for cracking down on potential terrorist attacks in airplanes: more sophisticated scanners and increased scrutiny of passengers at crowded airports. But now the nation’s flight attendants say the government needs to ratchet up security measures inside airplanes. The Association of Flight Attendants has been lobbying Congress for the last month or so to adopt its strategy for stronger counter-terrorism measures. The group hopes that lawmakers will include money to put some of their ideas into action under an upcoming funding bill for the FAA.

 

The group, which represents more than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines, wants to implement a four-point plan that would include such measures as mandatory hand-to-hand combat training for all crew members and equipping flight attendants with portable communications devices so they can speak to pilots during emergencies. “For better or worse, once the cabin doors close, the flight attendants are the last line of defense,” said Corey Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the association.

Source; LA Times

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