A4A Statement in Observance of Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 – In observance of Public Service Recognition Week, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, would like to commend the tens of thousands of dedicated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers who work day in and day out to keep air travel safe for everyone.

Here is a look at some of the important work that these public servants do every day to ensure that our aviation system remains the best and safest in the world:

  • 14,000 air traffic controllers safely guide more than 43,000 flights per day.
  • 48,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) screen more than 2 million passengers per day at the nation’s airports.
  • 23,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) inspect cargo and screen passengers entering the country at more than 300 ports of entry, including airports.

They are a critical part of commercial aviation, and we thank them for their service!


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.

A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.

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