House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill, Senate Votes Next
The House yesterday passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that will renew the agency’s funding for another five years. The bill will provide long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation.
 
“This bill has provisions that help protect IAM members and the traveling public,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “It will also ensure continued investment into the aviation infrastructure which will provide a stronger workforce for our members. I encourage all our members to call their senators to urge them to pass this legislation.”
 
Airline labor highlights of the bill include protection for customer service agents from physical abuse by requiring airlines to implement an assault prevention and response plan within 90 days as well as provide additional training. The bill also sets a minimum ten-hour rest period for flight attendants, equaling pilots’ minimum rest and provides funding for aircraft maintenance education.
 
Additional provisions require all newly manufactured commercial passenger aircraft to be equipped with secondary cockpit barriers, bans in-flight voice cell phone calls, requires the regulation of service and emotional support animals on aircraft, and improves the safe transport of lithium batteries.