In response to legislation introduced Tuesday by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., to combat human trafficking, Delta's incoming CEO Ed Bastian issued the following statement.

“Delta strongly condemns all forms of human rights abuse and applauds U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., for introducing legislation that will raise awareness across the airline industry and build on Delta’s efforts to combat human trafficking on commercial flights,” said Ed Bastian, incoming CEO. “We recognize Delta’s responsibilities as one of the world’s largest transportation companies extend beyond running a safe operation. That’s why we have developed programs and made serious commitments to combat human trafficking, including training our employees and giving them the resources needed to identify and report all potential cases of human trafficking.”

Delta became the first and only airline in 2011 to sign a Code of Conduct outlined by End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking, and in 2012 Delta was one of the 12 founding companies of the Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking. In 2013 Delta adopted the zero tolerance Human Rights Abuses policy that requires all employees to report actions that indicate a passenger or employee engaged in human trafficking, and implemented computer-based training for all employees to equip frontline employees with the knowledge and resources needed to identify and report potential cases of human trafficking.