Assemblywoman Mosquera Bills Requiring Sexual Assault Reporting, Training For Airline Industry Approved By Assembly

I am a primary sponsor on a three-bill package to
require sexual assault reporting and
training in the airline industry.

The first bill A-4175 would require the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey 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.

The second bill AR-167 urges the Federal Aviation
Administration to require air carriers to submit annual sexual assault reports.

Although not commonly known, sexual assaults occur on U.S. airlines. 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 moved through the Assembly Women & Children’s  Committee and passed the full Assembly with unanimous support. The three-bill
legislative package will now go to the Senate for further consideration.