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"Today" host Meredith Vieira talks with the show's security specialist, Bill Stanton, about the Federal Law Enforcement Facility in Artesia, N.M., which trains pilots to protect the cockpit.


About Federal Flight Deck Officers Association

About FFDOs (Federal Flight Deck Officers) The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks tragically demonstrated the need for a multi-layered approach to securing commercial airliners -- and in particular the cockpit -- from terrorist and criminal assault. In addition to improved security at airport checkpoints, the use of federal air marshals, and the hardening of cockpit doors, the Transportation Security Administration developed the Federal Flight Deck Officer program as an additional layer of security. Under this program, eligible flight crewmembers are authorized by the Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service to use firearms to defend against an act of criminal violence or air piracy attempting to gain control of an aircraft. Federal Flight Deck Officers are trained by the Federal Air Marshal Service on the use of firearms, use of force, legal issues, defensive tactics, the psychology of survival and program standard operating procedures.

About FFDOA - The Organization

The FFDOA is a non-profit corporation created for the professional association of FFDOs. We offer benefits exclusively for members including: insurance and legal counsel; discounts on training and equipment; and a forum to discuss operational issues. Also, and perhaps most importantly, we provide a unified voice to Congress and our parent agency, TSA/OLE/FAMS, on issues relevant to improving our operations. Dues will be used for the establishment of legal funds, retainers and program management. Officers will donate their time and must be active, flying FFDOs.We will be one of the largest groups of Federal Law Enforcement Officers and we need and deserve our own professional association.

FFDO Program Update

      FFDO Program Update   The Federal Flight Deck Officer Association supports TSA Administrator Pistole’s decision to move the supervisory responsibilities for the Federal Flight Deck Officer program ...


Thursday, 07 Aug 2014

FFDOA Alert - Budget

      FFDO Program Funding Fellow Pilots, In February, the President's budget asked for $20 million for the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. This was a reduction of approximately ...


Thursday, 17 Jul 2014


      FFDOA ANNOUNCEMENT       Bill Cason, FFDOA Executive Vice-President and Steve Sevier, FFDOA Director have an important message for the membership:   FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICERS ASSOCIATION ...


Friday, 20 Dec 2013