ALPA Commends U.S. House Action to Enhance FFDO Program ALPAs president, Capt. Duane Woerth, commended Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) in response to their amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Bill (H.R.1817), introduced to enhance the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) Program. The House of Representatives accepted the amendment in a voice vote. The DeFazio-Mica amendment, Capt. Woerth said, would create a test program to allow FFDOs to transport their weapons on their person rather than in a lockbox, establish an appeals process for any FFDO whose status the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revokes, require that the TSA issue badges to FFDOs, require that the TSA give eligible pilots more flexibility on training dates and improved access to training facilities, and require qualification standards for facilities at which FFDOs can receive re-qualification and recurrent training. He noted that ALPA worked closely with the amendment sponsors, and if it becomes law, it will help ensure that the remarkable success of the federal program that qualifies screened, trained, and deputized pilots to carry a firearm continues to grow in the future. The FFDO program, Capt. Woerth noted, assures passengers and crew members another layer of protection against terrorism. He said Rep. DeFazios and Rep. Micas amendment is an extremely important step forward. Now, all of Congress must act to ensure that the improvements become a reality.