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Malliotakis Provisions to Improve Airline Safety Included in FAA Reauthorization Act


On May 15 Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) applauded the House’s passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that included provisions she cosponsored with Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) to improve airline maintenance and safety standards and protect American jobs. The bill passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden before the Friday deadline.

Specifically, the package includes language from the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, which Malliotakis advocated for in partnership with members of the New York Congressional Delegation, Transport Workers Union International President John Samuelsen and Aviation Maintenance Technicians at a press conference at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The language included in the FAA Reauthorization Act will create one level of safety for aircraft maintenance work by establishing:

  • Drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive personnel
  • Background checks for workers at maintenance facilities
  • Security Threat assessments for foreign facilities
  • Unannounced inspections for maintenance operations
  • Minimum qualifications for aircraft mechanics

“Enhancing aviation safety and encouraging good-paying jobs on U.S. soil has been a top priority of ours and I’m pleased to see our commonsense language included in the final passage of this bill,” Malliotakis said.”This legislation will stop the bleeding of American maintenance jobs to foreign countries like China, and give passengers and flight crews peace of mind, knowing the best practices and safety standards are being met to ensure the highest level of safety and reliability on every flight.”

There are more than 900 FAA-certified maintenance and repair stations outside the United States, but those foreign facilities are not required to meet the same standards as their U.S. counterparts. The number of these facilities has grown by more than 30% in the past four years in countries all across the globe, including China, Singapore, Brazil, Thailand, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

American mechanics, technicians, and pilots have been alarmed by poor and incorrect maintenance on aircraft serviced at foreign facilities, including:

  • Critical engine components held together with tape and wire; 
  • Exterior doors installed incorrectly, leading to mid-flight cabin depressurization;
  • Aircraft covered with flammable paint; and
  • Drug smuggling in aircraft noses, wheel wells, avions and lavatory panels.