The American Alliance of Airport Police Officers (AAAPO) is composed of rank-and-file airport police officers (including many dual police/aircraft rescue firefighters) who stand as the first line of defense against terrorist attacks, hijackings and other criminal activity at our nation’s airports.

September 11: Never Forget

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Nearly two decades later, our country has not forgotten the sacrifices made on that fateful […] Read More »

Extending a Lifeline of Support

On July 29, President Donald Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund legislation into law, extending a financial lifeline to the thousands of police officers and firefighters suffering from illnesses related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. This was a great day for America, and particularly for first responders. Read More »

Checkpoint Security: A Growing Threat

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, several TSA agents were injured at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport when a man attempted to rush through the security checkpoint. Phoenix police and airport security […] Read More »

Police Week 2019

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. This symbolic […] Read More »

Manning the Gates

On March 7, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department arrested a Bronx man who, after claiming to be a new airport employee who did not have his […] Read More »

A Numbers Game

On Friday, August 10, Richard Russell, an airport ground worker who learned how to fly planes from playing video games, took a Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane belonging to his employer, […] Read More »

In Honor of Brotherhood That Matters

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), Black Lives Matter (BLM), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups have planned an anti-police demonstration at Los Angeles Trade Tech. UTLA, the […] Read More »

Looking Ahead to New Leadership at DHS

The AAAPO congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen on her confirmation to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   DHS faces a critical juncture in this heightened threat environment. The dangers here at home […] Read More »

Drone Disaster

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a report on the impact of drones hitting aircraft. The report verified that a collision between a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) […] Read More »

ISIS Is Acting — Are We?

Last week, while speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, Elaine Duke, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, warned that terrorist organizations, like ISIS, want to take down […] Read More »

Drone On

Three weeks ago, a drone was discovered near a runway at JFK airport during VIP movements for the United Nations General Assembly. Two weeks ago, a drone hit an Army […] Read More »