Assemblywoman Mosquera Bills Requiring Sexual Assault Reporting, Training for Airline Industry Approved by Assembly

A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrat Gabriela Mosquera to require sexual assault reporting and training in the airline industry was approved 77-0 Monday by the full Assembly.

One bill (A-4175) would require the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) to require airlines, vendors and contractors to adopt and maintain sexual assault policies and require the agency to collaborate with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. While it is difficult to determine how frequently assaults occur on commercial flights in the United States–since no federal regulatory agency tracks such data nationwide–FBI investigations into midair sexual assaults increased 66 percent from fiscal years 2014-2017.

Another measure (AR-167) urges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require air carriers to submit annual sexual assault reports.

“Although not commonly known, sexual assaults occur on U.S. airlines,” said Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester). “Nearly a year ago, one such assault occurred against a minor aboard a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport. Unfortunately, without federal reporting standards, there is no systematic way to address this issue.”

The last measure (AR-172) requires airlines to adopt policies as well as mandated-training regarding sexual assaults on airplanes.

Each measure was released by the Assembly Women and Children Committee. The three-bill legislative package will now go to the Senate for further consideration.