Alexandria, VA (February 4, 2016) – Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) agreed to establish a Federal Interagency Working Group to more effectively collaborate and coordinate with other relevant agencies on issues that intersect their respective domains, including the safe and secure use of consumer communications onboard domestic commercial aviation.
The following statement can be attributed to Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO:
“The formation of this working group is a significant milestone in the necessary efforts to address the changing risks associated with expanded use of broadband capabilities in commercial aviation. The Global Business Travel Association has been working closely with agency officials and Hill staff urging federal agencies to proactively assess the safety and security of enhanced cell phone usage and high speed broadband access on planes. We advocated for the need for interagency efforts to guard against siloed activity in examining short- and long-term security threats.
We are pleased that our concerns have been recognized and acted upon. GBTA will continue its efforts to ensure the business traveler remains safe and this interagency working group will be key to this mission. GBTA will assist the working group in any way that we can to ensure the safety and well-being of travelers is considered before moving forward with the implementation of new technology.
We must continue to not just ask ‘can we do this’, but we must also ask ‘should we do this?’ – especially as it relates to matters that impact one of our most important assets – a safe and secure aviation system.”
Colleen Gallagher, +1 703 236 1133, [email protected]
Sobre a Global Business Travel Association
A Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) é a principal organização comercial de viagens de negócios e reuniões do mundo, com sede na área de Washington, DC, com operações em seis continentes. Os mais de 9.000 membros do GBTA gerenciam mais de $345 bilhões de despesas globais com viagens e reuniões de negócios anualmente. GBTA e a Fundação GBTA oferecem educação, eventos, pesquisa, advocacia e mídia de classe mundial para uma rede global crescente de mais de 28.000 profissionais de viagens e 125.000 contatos ativos. Para saber como as viagens de negócios impulsionam o crescimento duradouro dos negócios, gbta.org