Protect Airplane Passenger Safety

Ensure Passengers' Safety During Snow

Target: David Samson, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Goal: Establish better measures to ensure airplane passenger safety, during dangerous winter weather conditions

Recently, when a plane at the John F. Kennedy International Airport landed and approached the taxiway, its wheels slid unexpectedly on the slick, icy ground. Thankfully no one was injured, but the accident could have turned out far worse. Ensuring passenger safety at airports is absolutely critical. Heightened security does a good job making sure that no weapons are brought onto planes, but the same strict standards should be applied to meteorological conditions, especially during seasons with lots of ice and snow.

Appropriate measures need to be taken to ensure that ground is safe to land on. No one wants a delayed or canceled flight, but if a plane tries to land on slippery ground, it could be a very bad situation. As long as poor weather continues, airports need to establish a policy and follow it to make sure that the ground is appropriately conditioned for landings and takeoffs.

People who choose to fly trust that the individuals running an airport will exercise caution in judging whether or not the ground is safe for incoming planes to land. Demand that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey review their safety policies for inclement weather and recommit to ensuring passenger safety.


Dear Mr. Samson,

It is crucial that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey adjust their policies and procedures for dealing with poor weather conditions at the airports. As the Chairman of the Port Authority, it is your job to oversee a resolution to this issue. Recently, bad weather caused a plane to have trouble turning onto the taxiway after it landed. This is unacceptable. While no one was hurt, the potential risk of injury or death to the passengers and crew, not to mention the destruction of buildings and/or injury to nearby people, could have been staggering. New York is a major hub of international travel.

Luckily there was no disaster this time, but you cannot rely on lucky to avoid catastrophes the next time. It is the responsibility of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to figure out what changes are necessary and how to implement them as soon as possible, since the weather could change for the worse at any point.

It can be tough to make these changes. Many passengers get unhappy when planes are delayed or canceled, but safety needs to be prioritized over timeliness if timeliness comes at the cost of potential injury. We urge you to make adjustments to the policy and procedures at the airports in New York and New Jersey. By taking this matter seriously, you will be a great influence and inspiration for other airports who might need to review their safety procedures, too.


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