H.R. 3056 (107th): Flight Deck and Aircraft Integrity Enhancement Act of 2001

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Oct 05, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 3056 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3056

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to take certain actions to improve airline security, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 5, 2001

Mr. TRAFICANT introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to take certain actions to improve airline security, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Flight Deck and Aircraft Integrity Enhancement Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. IMPROVED FLIGHT DECK INTEGRITY MEASURES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- As soon as possible after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall issue an order (without regard to the provisions of chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code)--

      (1) prohibiting access to the flight deck of commercial aircraft engaged in interstate or intrastate transportation while the aircraft is so engaged by any person other than a member of the flight deck crew;

      (2) requiring the strengthening of the flight deck door and locks on any such aircraft operating under part 121 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, that has a door in a bulkhead between the flight deck and the passenger area to prevent them from being forced open from inside the aircraft;

      (3) requiring that such flight deck doors be locked by airport security personnel and remain locked while any such aircraft is in flight except when the pilot orders that the door be opened;

      (4) prohibiting the possession of a key to any such flight deck door by any member of the flight crew who is not assigned to the flight deck;

      (5) requiring that the passenger area be equipped with video surveillance equipment and be subject to video surveillance that is displayed to the pilot in real time on a monitor on the flight deck;

      (6) authorizing the pilot and copilot to each carry a handgun (as defined in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code) after training in the use of such handgun by the United States Marshals Service; and

      (7) prohibiting an air carrier from refusing to hire, discharging, or otherwise discriminating against any pilot or copilot, with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, who chooses not to carry a handgun under paragraph (6).

    (b) COMMUTER AIRCRAFT- The Administrator shall investigate means of securing the flight deck of aircraft operating under the authority of part 135 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, that are engaged in interstate or intrastate air transportation that do not have a fixed door with a lock between the passenger compartment and the flight deck and issue such an order as the Secretary deems appropriate (without regard to the provisions of chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code) to ensure the inaccessibility, to the greatest extent feasible, of the flight deck while the aircraft is so engaged.

    (c) LIMITATION ON LIABILITY- A pilot or copilot who chooses not to carry a handgun under subsection (a)(6) shall not be liable in any action for failing to carry a handgun under subsection (a)(6).