TSA to Require Pilots, Flight Attendants Be in Uniform to Access Known Crewmember Security Checkpoint

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 August 2019
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IMG_41972[Editor’s note: an updated version of this story with significant changes on the part of the TSA has been published here.]

The Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for the security of the traveling public, announced changes to its Known Crewmember program that include a requirement to be in uniform when traversing the Known Crewmember security checkpoint.

“Effective August 28, 2019, KCM-authorized Crewmembers will be required to wear uniforms while using KCM access points,” the TSA said in a statement.

The Known Crewmember program was developed as a joint initiative between Airlines for America, an industry trade group, and the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest airline pilot union in the world, to allow flight attendants and pilots to pass through a dedicated security checkpoint with the presentation of their airline identification, which is then scanned and checked against a database of verified airline employees.

The TSA is also implementing what it termed an “automated enhancement” to the random screening of those eligible for KCM.  If a crewmember is selected for Unpredictable Screening Procedures,” the individual will be subject to this for an unspecified period of time at all KCM access points at that airport.

Pilots and flight attendants are eligible for KCM as long as the crew member poses “a sufficiently low risk to transportation security,” according to the TSA.  Crewmembers have been disqualified for attempting to access the checkpoint for personal international travel, carrying the property of another person through the checkpoint, and carrying prohibited items, such as a weapon, through the checkpoint.

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