The number of airwatch agents registered in New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia is expected to drop by more than 90% in the coming months, the New Jersey Air Patrol said Wednesday.
New York, New York State Air Patrol Chief Jim Brown told a news conference that agents were being forced to register in areas where there is a shortage of agents, such as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Staten Island.
He said agents were now able to work at more than 300 locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey.
He did not say where agents were working.
The New Jersey office of the Air Patrol, which is the state’s air safety agency, said agents are required to complete an air safety training course, complete a safety review, and complete a background check, among other requirements.
The state Air Patrol says it has 2,000 air safety officers in the state, and Brown said that number will grow.
He said that it’s possible that some air safety agents may be moved to other states where registration is easier.
The state Air Force has also been looking at ways to help air safety and training efforts, said Lt.
Gen. Robert R. Brown, a spokesman for the Air Force Office of the Secretary.