-Southwest Airlines pilots oppose US flight deck programme cutbacks.
The union that represents pilots of Dallas-based low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) said it is calling on the US Congress to oppose efforts to eliminate funding for the Federal Flight Deck officer programme.
The move arose after President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget called for the elimination of federal funding of the volunteer initiative.
According to the union, which is called Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the FFDO programme trains qualified pilots, flight engineers or navigators in use of firearms, use of force, defensive tactics and other survival procedures.
Federal flight deck officers are sworn and deputized federal law enforcement officers commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security/TSA Law Enforcement Division.
Since its inception, FFDO has been one of the most cost-effective initiatives aimed at protecting our nation's aviation system.
Created in response to the unprecedented attacks on September 11, 2001, the FFDO has added a vital layer of security with minimal federal investment.
Find out more at www.swapa.org.
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