Commend New Airline Safety Standards


Target: Federal Aviation Administration

Goal: Praise Federal Aviation Administration for screening for sleep disorder

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced plans to screen pilots with a BMI of over 40 for obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea keeps sufferers from breathing well at night, lowering blood oxygen levels and preventing a good night’s sleep. It’s very common in those who are overweight – even pilots.  Needless to say, it is important to minimize the risk of airline pilots dozing off or losing focus on the job.  We must thank the FAA for considering this aspect of passenger safety.

After several cases of airline mistakes due to pilot negligence, the FAA is attempting to increase airplane passenger safety by taking new precautions. Because obstructive sleep apnea would significantly inhibit a pilot’s performance, it is very important that this disorder be screened.

Board-certified sleep specialists will soon begin conducting obstructive sleep apnea testing, and those diagnosed will have to get treatment for the sleep apnea before being able to continue their work as a pilot.

This is very reassuring news as there have been too many negligent airplane accidents lately. Something like sleep apnea is so simple to be tested, and it is not worth risking of the lives of airplane passengers to ignore the disorder. The FAA is making very progressive steps with this sort of preventative safety.

Please sign the petition below and thank the Federal Aviation Administration for protecting airline passengers. and encourage them to continue to make positive steps towards safer aviation.


Dear Federal Aviation Administration,

Thank you for your recent decision to attempt to improve airplane safety. Your idea to test pilots for potential obstructive sleep apnea is a wise one and could avoid many fatal incidents from this simple effort.

The capability of pilots to correctly and safely do their job is very important and is something that should not be taken lightly. These tests will greatly improve airline safety and prevent many potentially fatal incidents.

On behalf of innocent airplane passengers, thank you again for taking important safety measures. Please continue to take precautions such as these to improve the safety of airlines and their passengers.


[Your Name Here]

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