AIG, one of the nation’s largest travel companies, said it plans to put its entire staff of 6,000 in Washington D.C. for two weeks beginning on April 11, when the White House is hosting its annual conference, and then to have it fully deployed by July 1.
The move comes a day after the Trump administration signed a new rule, which allows the Federal Aviation Administration to place all of its staff in the capital, for up to five days a week, in response to growing concerns about security.
AIG will be the first airline to deploy its full force, the company said.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, AIG CEO Andrew Liveris said he sees a clear need for a national Guard, noting that in recent years, there have been numerous incidents involving airline employees who were injured when trying to break into an aircraft.
“I don’t see that as a significant threat, particularly when compared to a terrorist attack,” he said.
“If we were in the business of building a plane, we would be in that business for 10 years or more.”
In the past, airlines have been hesitant to put their entire personnel in the country, because of fears that they might be targeted by other countries.
The National Guard, however, could be an important tool for protecting the country in the event of a terrorist threat.
“The National Guard has been an important part of the security of the country since its inception,” said James McElroy, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It’s a tool to provide extra security and to keep the public safe.
We need to keep this program robust and safe, and this is the best way to do that.”
AIG plans to deploy about 500 employees to Washington D