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.

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, Horizon Air (an Alaska Airlines subsidiary), from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed it on Ketron Island, located southwest of Tacoma, Washington.  Russell had full credentials […] 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 union that represents Los Angeles public school teachers, is co-sponsoring the rally on February 24 and calling it “Making Black Lives Matter in Schools.” 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 are widespread and many, especially at our nation’s airports, which continue to be symbolic prizes to those seeking to cause terror and chaos.  AAAPO is hopeful […] 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) and a commercial aircraft would be catastrophic, and simulations show that drone collisions inflict more physical damage than that of an equivalent size and speed bird […] 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 aircraft to inflict mass civilian casualties. In light of this reinforcement that terrorists continue to plot the takedown of passenger airplanes, the American Alliance of […] 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 Black Hawk helicopter over New York’s Staten Island, becoming the first confirmed in-flight collision of a drone and a piloted aircraft in the U.S. Last week, […] Read More »

AAAPO Offers Condolences to Those Affected By Las Vegas Concert Tragedy

The American Alliance of Airport Police Officers (AAAPO) is extremely saddened by the events that took place last night in Las Vegas, Nevada, during a music concert, and offers its thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy. This incident has claimed the lives of innocent bystanders who were […] Read More »

Recognizing the Heroes of 9/11

With the recent commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the nation mourned and honored the numerous lives lost on this tragic date in history. However, this occasion also reminds our country that 9/11 first responders continue to suffer from the life-altering and, in some cases, life-taking health effects of the work they performed […] Read More »

Remembering 9/11

As our country reflects on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American Alliance of Airport Police Officers (AAAPO) takes a moment to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost on this solemn date in history. Read More »

Behind the Scenes With the Airport Police

On the weekend before the anniversary of 9/11, CNBC has produced an important piece on airport policing at LAX that highlights the complex and multifaceted underpinnings of airport policing and what it takes to get it right. Read More »

AAAPO Welcomes New TSA Administrator

The American Alliance of Airport Police Officers (AAAPO) congratulates former Coast Guard Vice Commandant David Pekoske on his confirmation to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Read More »