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Gottheimer’s bipartisan legislation passes House to increase cockpit security

Requires Secondary Barriers to Prevent Terrorist Attacks Similar to 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed bipartisan legislation crafted by U.S. Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) which requires the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger aircraft to prevent terrorist attacks similar to 9/11.

The legislation passed as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.

Due to Congressman Gottheimer’s bipartisan leadership, in 2018, bipartisan legislation was signed into law that requires secondary barriers on newly manufactured aircraft. This new legislation will require secondary barriers on all existing commercial passenger aircraft, as well.

The installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger flights is the only 9/11 Commission recommendation not yet implemented.

“Securing the safety of our skies is absolutely critical to preventing another terrorist attack like 9/11, which killed more than 700 New Jersey residents and took the lives of hundreds of our nation’s first responders,” Gottheimer said. “Federal legislation that I helped pass already requires secondary barriers on new commercial aircraft. Now, we’re making sure that all existing commercial aircraft have these commonsense safety requirements.”

Earlier this year, Gottheimer and Fitzpatrick introduced bipartisan legislation to require the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger aircraft.

It is named in honor of United Airlines Flight 175 Captain Victor Saracini, a former Navy pilot, who was killed after his plane was hijacked and deliberately flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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