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9/11 widow seeking cockpit safety legislation

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For Ellen Saracini, the wound September Eleventh left is still fresh twelve years later.

"It’s sad beyond belief," said Saracini.

"My daughters have grown up without a father."

Saracini's husband Victor was the pilot of flight 175, which struck the south tower, after terrorists seized the cockpit.

On Thursday, Saracini and a group supporters gathered in Victor's old neighborhood as they prepared to drop of letters to Congressman LoBiondo asking for the installation of a secondary cockpit barrier.

"The cockpit door, which is reinforced right now, has to open during flight and when it does, it's a real security issue that the cockpit can be breached," said Saracini.

Saracini, however, believes LoBiondo, who is chair of the Congressional Aviation Subcommittee, is stalling on the issue and trying to pass the bill to another agency.

LoBiondo says that additional approval is needed in order to move forward.

"The Transportation Security Administration, which is under Homeland Security, is the one who would have to determine what that secondary barrier, how it would be certified," said Congressman LoBiondo.

For supporters of the legislation, the secondary barrier is a proven method of security.

"Safety and security, for the nation, for our people, for my passengers. I want to give them a great ride, I want to give them a safe ride," United Airlines pilot, Captain Pieter Velzeboer.

Saracini believes that an increasing threat to American safety around the globe demonstrates the need for this secondary barrier and hopes that future families can be saved from the tragedy that she experienced nearly 12 years ago.

"My husband does not have a voice,” said Saracini.

“I'm going to stand here for him and make sure that what happened to him and 2,972 others on September Eleventh does not happen again."

Saracini dropped off over 200 signed letters to the Congressman who says both he and Saracini are concerned and he wishes to see this go the right way.

The secretary of Homeland Security could decide today, tomorrow, that they want to do this. They make that determination all of the time. We're taking the legislative initiative to get attention to this," said LoBiondo.

Saracini hopes that the legislation can be brought to a vote by September Eleventh.

"This legislation is about protecting Americans,” said Saracini.

“Its about safety and security for Americans."

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