United Airlines has called for federal regulators to regulate the airline industry, calling on them to require airlines to follow a set of “common-sense” regulations to protect the public from the threat of terrorism.
The airline company said it wants to make the rules clear that airlines are not a threat to aviation and that they must act in a manner that promotes safety.
The United Airlines board of directors voted unanimously to call for a Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking.
The rules are due to be published in April, the first time they will be published.
“The airlines industry has been left to fend for itself,” United’s president and chief executive, Oscar Munoz, said in a statement.
“There is no reason why this industry should have to live with the consequences of a terrorist attack.
We hope that regulators will take immediate action to ensure that the safety of the American people is protected.”
United said it is also calling for an increase in the Federal Aviation Authority’s authority to regulate airlines, saying that it needs to be able to regulate aircraft and pilots more efficiently.
Mr Munoz said that airlines should be able “to continue operating without fear of criminal prosecution” and to avoid criminal penalties.
He also said that the United Airlines Board of Directors supports the US Justice Department’s recommendation to Congress to require a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rule to be in place by 2020 to allow the agency to set a safety level.
US President Donald Trump is proposing to ban all travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countries in response to the deadly attacks on Paris last year that killed 130 people.
Mr Trump has said he would ban entry to the country of people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, while also temporarily banning entry for travellers from North Korea.
The President has said the measures would help protect Americans from terrorism.
United has also been accused of “inappropriately” taking money from foreign governments to fund the purchase of passenger flights.
United Airlines was founded in 1948, in New York, and is one of the oldest commercial airlines in the world.