WASHINGTON (Oct. 25)
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D.Conn.) today introduced a bill to prohibit commercial air service between the United States and any country aiding terrorists. The measure, which has the support of the Air Line Pilots Association representing 30,000 American pilots, would require the government to identify countries aiding or abetting terrorists. Once that happened, U.S. commercial air service would be suspended to those nations, whose planes also would be barred from landing in the U.S. Other sanctions contained in the legislation include prohibitions against U.S. arms sales to countries on the list. Ribicoff said he hoped President Carter would support the bill and that hearings on it could be held shortly after Congress reconvenes in January.