Homeland Security

Return To Flight

ALEC 2020 States and Nation Virtual Conference

In just over 100 years the possibility of flight made the world much smaller and redefined what travel and human connectivity mean. Modern aviation changed what it means to go there.

2020 has been a stress test for local economies and society as a whole. And throughout it we’ve heard a common refrain—to trust science.

Even as a vaccine is nearly ready to deploy, we know an additional remedy is needed for a return to flight: Today, people want to know and understand more about their health and safety at every intersection of their journey.

And of course, there are additional societal impacts–human impacts–when entire industries are put on pause.

Hear from 2020 ALEC States and Nation Virtual Conference panelists on the return to flight and a safe and speedy economic recovery.


Stephen Timm is the president of Collins Aerospace, which was created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins. Collins Aerospace is a global leader in aviation and defense markets, with $26 billion in net sales and more than 70,000 employees around the world.

Tori Barnes is executive vice president of public affairs and policy at the U.S. Travel Association. U.S. Travel elevates the importance of the travel industry in the trade, commerce and security arenas—including upgrading America’s air travel infrastructure, improving connectivity and growing the future of mobility along with promoting common-sense policies that effectively balance security and travel facilitation.

Transportation Security Administration Executive Assistant Administrator Stacey Fitzmaurice is responsible for providing innovative solutions and processes to protect the U.S. transportation systems and the traveling public. These solutions include transportation security; prescreening programs; and strengthening TSA operational capabilities.

North Carolina Representative and former ALEC National Chairman Jason Saine represents the people of North Carolina’s 97th House district and serves as the chairman of the appropriations committee. He has long been recognized as a technology and innovation leader both in North Carolina and around the country.

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