On January 10, 2019 NACA and numerous other aviation/space/travel associations have urged the President and Congress to re-open to government in the wake of the shutdown. The letter details several areas where tremendous damage is being done to all aspects of commercial air travel, airlines, airports, and manufacturers. The coalition strongly urges a compromise be found to allow normal operations to resume.
Blue Lightning Initiative
The Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), led by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign. The BLI trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry have been trained through the BLI, and actionable tips continue to be reported to law enforcement.