Bucks County 9/11 widow 'feels good' seeing cockpit safety bill signed into law

The Saracini Aviation Safety Act was recently signed into law by President Trump.

Andrew Kramer
October 11, 2018 - 10:29 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The Saracini Aviation Safety Act was recently signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. 

Ellen Saracini has been an advocate of the bill since it was introduced in February 2017.

"The Saracini Aviation Safety Act would mandate a secondary barrier to be put on all passenger commercial aircrafts," she explained. "It would create a level of security that before the cockpit door opens up in flight, this secondary barrier would be engaged and create a barrier so that once the cockpit door opens up, that area is secure."

The legislation is named after her late husband, Victor. He was the pilot of Flight 175, which was hijacked by terrorists on 9/11. 

"It's too important to me to never repeat September 11th again," Saracini said. "The thought process of me looking into the next victim's family members eyes and saying 'I'm sorry, I knew there was an issue and I just didn't do anything about it,' is not acceptable to me."

She described the Saracini Aviation Safety Act as a "low cost solution" that should prevent cockpit breaches in the future.

"I feel good about making sure that when people get on an airplane it's just safe," she added.

The bill has had the bipartisan support of several local lawmakers since its inception, including Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

“Last Friday, the President signed a bipartisan FAA reauthorization measure that protects passengers, pilots, and flight attendants by mandating the installation of secondary barriers on all new commercial aircraft. Due to the tireless work of Ellen Saracini ?, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, and Senator Pat Toomey, The Saracini Safety Aviation Act is finally law,” he said in a statement. “This critical measure seeks to prevent our aircraft from being hijacked again. I am deeply appreciative of the dedication of Ellen, Josh, and my bipartisan colleagues who worked fervently to enact this measure. American citizens are undoubtedly safer.  We will continue to fight until all current passenger aircraft contain secondary barriers.”

“On 9/11, terrorists stormed the cockpit knowing that the doors would be opened early in the flight. And until today, that flight deck remained vulnerable when the cockpit had to open,” added Gottheimer. “Ellen Saracini's bipartisan bill is now law and will help prevent another tragedy like 9/11 from ever occurring again — and keep terrorists out of the cockpit. I'm proud to get it done alongside Congressman Fitzpatrick, Senator Toomey, and the Administration.”