Pa., NY members propose new cockpit barriers to prevent 9/11-style hijackings

"The problem is that at some point, the pilots need to open the cockpit door to get a meal or rest," he said Monday. "That is the exact moment when terrorists strike.

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"Secondary barriers simply fulfill the intent of the efforts that were started over a decade ago by adding another layer of protection. Many airliners designed today already include the secondary barrier."

Fitzpatrick's bill is the Saracini Aviation Safety Act, H.R. 1175. It's named after Ellen Saracini, the widow of Victor Saracini, who was the pilot of one of the planes that was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Saracini has been an advocate for flight safety and said she supports Fitzpatrick's bill as a way to add secondary safety measures.

"The first step was installing the reinforced cockpit door," she said Monday. "That part of the process is complete. Now it's imperative to complete the second step in order to prevent a repeat of 9/11."

The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Pete King (R-N.Y.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.).