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For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2016
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Commissioner Sosa wants to improve safety and efficiency at Miami International Airport


The Miami-Dade County Commission has unanimously approved two resolutions sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, aimed at providing safer and more efficient operations at Miami International Airport.

In a move to bolster security for all travelers, Commissioner Sosa’s resolution urges Congress to enact the Airport Security Enhancement and Oversight Act filed by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and John Thune (R-South Dakota). This legislation, in part, seeks to implement a wide array of internal security measures for aviation employees at over 450 U.S. airports. It is worthy of note that currently only Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport conduct thorough daily employee security screenings. Additionally, citing growing concern with understaffed air traffic control towers across the country and an expected retiring of nearly 1,400 controllers this fiscal year, Commissioner Sosa filed legislation urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to hire, train and staff additional air traffic controllers at Miami International Airport.

“Recent criminal activity such as in Atlanta’s airport and the terrorist downing of a Russian airliner has shed light on the potential insider threat our airports face.” “While our airport is doing a fantastic job of screening its employees, we must support these regulations nationwide to make sure passengers are safe.” Continued Commissioner Sosa, “I am also concerned with making sure we have enough air traffic controllers in place to handle the amount of air traffic we generate. MIA is this community’s number one economic engine, and it needs the requisite staffing to maintaining its high level of quality and volume.”

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/153022.pdf

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/153021.pdf