American Airlines Fits 250 Aircraft With Cockpit Security

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has installed cockpit security devices on 250 aircraft in its fleet at American Airlines and TWA. The company is securing the cockpits on its entire fleet of American and TWA aircraft. American has 712 in its fleet. TWA has 167.

This is just one of the many new security measures the company has taken since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. American has implemented all new security measures required by the Federal Aviation Administration since the attacks. Most recently, the company instituted new policies that improve security at the airports, including limiting carry-on baggage to one bag plus a personal item and restricting items that previously could be carried on the plane, such as knives and other cutting instruments of any length.

“We are finding that passengers are exceedingly patient through these new procedures,” said Dan Garton, American’s executive vice president of customer service. “Our customers understand that we are doing all we can to ensure their safety without needlessly sacrificing convenience.”

American is continually monitoring its security procedures and expects to complete the installation of cockpit devices in its entire fleet, including TWA, by early November.