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Dec 19, 2001
I don't know if this has been posted yet...

Airlines Developing Data System To Restore Jumpseat Rights
Aviation Daily08/29/2002

Airlines and pilot unions are combining to demonstrate to FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) an employee data sharing system they hope will lead to restoration of pilot jumpseat privileges withdrawn after Sept. 11. Airlines and unions have been urging the government to allow carriers to resume jumpseat agreements as soon as possible.

According to the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), the new system will use a secure central server giving access to airline employee databases. If a pilot approaches another airline with a jumpseat request, his identity can be checked through the server. Sources say air traffic controllers, FAA, and the Air Line Pilots Association have also been involved in setting up the system. ATA is leading the effort but declined comment.

After the system is tested, it will be demonstrated to FAA and TSA in the fall. CAPA Executive Director Mike Cronin told The DAILY this one-day demonstration will involve checking the credentials of a number of pilots from different airlines, including a few bogus pilots.

If the government agencies can be persuaded to allow the operational use of the system, jumpseat privileges could be restored within months, CAPA said. CAPA supports TSA and FAA efforts to develop "smartcards" to identify airline personnel. -AS

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