Executive Vice President, Advocacy at the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) Eben Peck has been chosen to be one of 14 members of the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force, a subcommittee of the Department of Transportation's Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC).
Peck says he intends to seek out ASTA member knowledge to help end in-flight sexual misconduct.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to this task force as the representative of national travel organizations. This is obviously a sensitive issue, and we intend to consult extensively with ASTA members throughout this process, relying on their expertise and experience to do our part to end the scourge of in-flight sexual misconduct,” said Peck.
The task force will look at the way U.S. airlines respond to and report allegations by passengers of sexual misconduct onboard commercial aircraft. It will also advise on best practices relating to training, reporting, and data collection regarding incidents of sexual misconduct.
The Department of Transportation says Secretary Elaine L. Chao selected task force members for their expertise in the travel industry or relevant subject matter, as well as their willingness to uphold the program's mission.
The duties of the task force members and the operation of the task force will be discussed at the first meeting of the ACPAC in 2019. This meeting will be open to the public.
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