NACA applauds President Biden for the issuance of the Executive Order Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel — particularly the provisions requiring that masks be worn on commercial aircraft and in airports. This is a critical and long-overdue step to ensure the safety of passengers, crewmembers and those working at airports and to eliminate any lingering uncertainty regarding mask requirements in commercial aviation. NACA carriers look forward to working collaboratively with Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, their staff and other aviation stakeholders to quickly develop the necessary regulations and practices to implement and enforce this crucial and timely mandate.
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.