|Security Council Meets at Air
was by their side, providing MEC Security Committee chairmen
and coordinators from the Association’s member airlines with
a forum to meet and discuss current challenges and best
practices. The Security Council convened during the closed
session of the 59th Air Safety Forum to allow council
members the opportunity to interact with ALPA Air Safety
Organization leadership and conduct their business.
“How do we solve the wide
variety of problems that confront us?” asked Capt. Fred
Eissler (FedEx Express), ALPA’s Aviation Security chair,
during his welcoming remarks. “The key is relationships,” he
said, emphasizing the value of working together with other
pilot groups as well as our airline industry partners.
Eissler later discussed the important connection between the
Association’s security structure and the efforts at its 33
member airlines. “The system only works at the national
level when it works at the local level,” he commented.
ALPA first vice president
and national safety coordinator Capt. Sean Cassidy
dovetailed on this subject, talking about the
sometimes-clandestine nature of resolving security-related
issues and how this can inadvertently hinder the sharing of
information. He stressed the need for ALPA’s security chairs
to communicate with each other so that we can “better serve
our customers,” referring to the Association’s 50,000
members. During the ensuing Q&A session, Eissler and Cassidy
talked about the status of secondary barriers, Federal
Flight Deck Officer program funding, and the Known
Crewmember (KCM) program.
The Security Council meeting
was moderated by chair Capt. Robert Hamilton (PSA). The
pilots also talked about en route advisements of events at
arrival stations as well as the enormous success of the KCM
program and the need to fully comply with TSA rules.
In addition, First Officer
Wolfgang Koch (Delta), the Security Committee chairman for
his pilot group, provided a presentation about useful mobile
security apps and their ability to improve situational