On behalf of NACA’s 18 member airlines, we applaud Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) for introducing the “Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020,” to extend the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
PSP extension will help U.S. airlines cover payroll expenses while passenger and cargo carriers recover from the unprecedented drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting tens of thousands U.S. airline jobs. It will also ensure our air carriers can continue to provide supplemental airlift to our armed services and support the national defense infrastructure, of which they are a critical component.
We look forward to working with Congress and the Trump Administration to ensure that the bill is enacted with strong bipartisan support before the end of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2020.
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.