People with severe disabilities, such as mental, intellectual, or physical impairments, are actively sought after by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of its vital diversity employment initiative (DEI).
According to the FAA’s website, the organization understands the importance of diversity in the workplace and actively participates in several programs, alliances, and groups that aim to promote and accommodate personnel from varied backgrounds and communities.
The FAA has also made it clear that it expects its employees to reflect the diversity of American society. It declared as its programmatic objective the promotion of diversity, inclusivity, social contact, mentorship (both official and informal), and professional development.
Gender- and racial-specific initiatives, as well as those that specifically addressed disability, were all part of this.
The initiative noted that the most underrepresented group in the Federal job sector is those with specific or severe impairments. The FAA sought to hire people with a variety of disabilities, including but not limited to dwarfism, visual impairments, hearing loss, epilepsy, total paralysis, severe intellectual handicap, and mental difficulties.
Elon Musk’s post on X asked if one would fly in an aircraft that puts DEI recruiting ahead of safety.
According to the FAA’s statement, the agency seeks to employ individuals across various jobs, including administrative, supervisory, and vital safety tasks. The letter said the agency aggressively searches for competent applicants from multiple sources. The requirements for each post, however, are rather specific and stringent.
Roughly 45,000 individuals work for the FAA.
According to reports, a recent incident involving an Alaska Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing due to a part of the aircraft blowing out in the middle of the flight put the FAA in the limelight.
The panel’s glass was among many pieces of fuselage that came crashing down during the flight. Thankfully, nobody was occupying the chairs where the window exploded. But the suction pulled a child’s clothes and many mobile phones out of the enormous hole.
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Secretary Pete Buttigieg oversees the Department of Transportation.