WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today commended the leadership and public service of Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole, who announced today that he is retiring at the end of the year.
“Administrator Pistole is a trusted partner whose leadership and commitment to maintaining the safest aviation system in the world cannot be overstated,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Under his leadership, TSA pioneered programs to further risk-based security, including Known Crewmember and TSA Pre✓™, demonstrating that enhanced security and the efficient movement of passengers and cargo are not mutually exclusive goals. On behalf of A4A and our members, we thank him for his years of dedicated public service and for always making the safety and security of our passengers and crew the highest priority.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.