Teamsters Support Tighter Security at Foreign Repair Stations
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union said Wednesday that there should be a single security standard for aircraft repair stations in the U.S. and overseas.
The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection heard testimony today from the Teamsters about security at overseas repair stations.
The Transportation Security Administration proposed a new security rule this week. The rule leaves out 21 foreign non-certificated stations that do work critical to the airworthiness of the aircraft, according to the Department of Transportation inspector general.
“It’s long past time to tighten security at overseas repair stations seven years after an aircraft repair technician who belonged to al-Qaida was arrested in Singapore,” said Teamsters Airline Division Director David Bourne. “Though we applaud the Transportation Security Administration for proposing a new security rule, we think that it should include all foreign air stations.”
Bourne further said that all security standards need to be equivalent to those in the
TSA conducts surprise inspections of mechanics in the
“Is there real control over who is actually working on our aircraft in a developing economy?”
The Teamsters Union Airline Division represents more than 43,000 airline employees, including 18,500 mechanics across 10 airlines, as well as pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents, reservationists, simulator technicians, ramp agents, stock clerks and dispatchers.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the