Prepare for Takeoff: America’s Safe Return to Air Travel

April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation will convene a hearing titled, “Prepare for Takeoff: America’s Safe Return to Air Travel,” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The hearing will examine the safe return to air travel in the United States as many Americans are getting vaccinated and testing availability has increased in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assessing the aviation industry’s rebound, the impact of federal COVID-19 relief programs for commercial aviation and the appropriate health and safety precautions as Americans return to air travel in larger numbers will be considered.


  • Ms. Charlene Reynolds, Assistant Aviation Director, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Mr. Nick Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America
  • Ms. Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
  • Dr. Leonard Marcus, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2:30 p.m. EDT

Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation (Hybrid)


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.



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