Frederick Reitz

Frederick Reitz

Managing Director, SAFEsky Inc.

Frederick Reitz is a distinctive aviation security professional who offers over two decades of experience in the field of aviation. He is the founder and CEO of SAFEsky. Frederick is an innovative and results-focused leader with a track record of excellence in several key roles.

Frederick started flying lessons at age 14, which ushered him into a lifelong passion for aviation, and his enthusiasm grew as mentors guided him in the field. His career led him through pivotal positions with Regional and International Airlines after serving in law enforcement for 15 years. In 2006, he founded SAFEsky, the parent company of Accurate Fingerprinting and Secure Skies.

Frederick earned his undergraduate degree in Aviation Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also obtained a Master’s in Aeronautical Science. He is completing his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.

Committed to positively impacting the lives of others, Frederick is a dedicated volunteer for several organizations. He led Embry-Riddle’s South Florida/Fort Lauderdale Alumni Network and was recently honored with the Alumni Service Award. In addition, Frederick served as a board member for the Greater Miami Aviation Association, is a member of his parish council board and is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also an active supporter of the 100 Club of Broward County, which provides disaster and humanitarian relief for families of local law enforcement officers, firefighters, and those on active duty with the U.S. armed forces.

What is Your Plan?

As a crew member, you should begin thinking about aviation security the moment you pull onto airport property. Your personal safety, and the safety and security of your airline, begins with you and your plan. Your plan should include being observant as you enter the terminal. Be aware of your surroundings and the crowd.

Security awareness continues throughout the airport process. Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on the phone, secure your valuables before you get in the checkpoint line. Rushing leads to forgetting and a valuable item, which could end up in another passenger’s pocket. As you prepare to board, scan the area for any potential issues, and keep your hands free – to help you avoid tripping or dropping items in the jetway.

We will discuss ways to help inflight crewmembers, and other passengers, in the event of a disturbance on board. Be prepared. Have a plan.