H.R. 1745: To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue regulations regarding secondary cockpit barriers.

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 25, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1745

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 25, 2013

(for himself andMr. King of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue regulations regarding secondary cockpit barriers.

1.

Findings

Congressmakes the following findings:

(1)

The safety and security of the civil air transportation system is critical to the United States security and its national defense.

(2)

A safe and secure United States civil air transportation system is essential to the basic freedom of Americans to move in intrastate, interstate, and international transportation.

(3)

Terrorists have previously used airline aircraft as weapons and exploited United States aviation security.

(4)

Reinforced cockpit doors that must be opened for physiological and operational needs present a clear vulnerability when the doors are open and this compromises the security and safety of the aircraft and its passengers.

(5)

Many all-cargo aircraft do not have a cockpit door installed for protection from passenger aggressors and stowaways.

2.

Improved Flight Deck Integrity Measures

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, theAdministrator of the Federal Aviation Administrationshall issue regulations—

(1)

requiring the installation of secondary barriers preventing access to the flight deck of any commercial aircraft operating under part 121 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(2)
(A)

for an aircraft that is equipped with a cockpit door, requiring that such secondary barriers remain locked while the aircraft is in flight and the cockpit door separating the flight deck and the passenger area is open; and

(B)

for an aircraft that is not equipped with a cockpit door, requiring that such secondary barriers remain locked as determined by the pilot in command.

(b)

Considerations

In issuing regulations under this section, theAdministratorshall take into account—

(1)

the most promising and cost effective of the available technologies relating to secondary barriers described insubsection (a); and

(2)

the cost and time schedule for deploying such barriers.