Later today, I will convene a summit with representatives from the major air carriers, their regional partners, aviation industry groups and labor. Our topic: improving airline safety.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and I are bringing
the FAA and industry leaders together to produce an immediate “to do”
list to assure the flying public that all our carriers--including our
regional carriers--are operating as safely as possible.
Our highest priority is protecting lives. To that end, we will act quickly to set effective
industry standards on crew education, training and performance,
professionalism, and flight discipline.
Every one of us who gathers here today has a responsibility to take the necessary steps to make flying safer. And, we will make sure that carriers and their regional partners are working together on all aspects of safety.
Our goal is simple: We must inspire confidence in every traveler, every time he or she steps onto a commercial aircraft of any size, at any airport in the country.
It's an enormous responsibility; it's our highest duty. And, I look forward to a productive session today.