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Protect KCM -
Compliance with the TSA Prohibited Items List

Date: July 20, 2013

The government-approved Known Crewmember (KCM) program allows Flight Attendants and Pilots at many airlines to enjoy the convenience of expedited security screening. AFA worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that Flight Attendants could be included in the program, which allows participating crew members to access sterile areas of the airport through a separate crew portal. It is up to each air carrier to determine whether they will participate in KCM.

The success of the program is dependent upon crewmembers demonstrating that they can be trusted to comply with all related requirements. In recent weeks, however, the TSA has found egregious violations of the KCM requirements related to prohibited items. Such conduct flies in the face of all that our Flight Attendants do to ensure the safety and security of every person on every flight.

TSA has served notice that any crew member who violates the KCM requirements may lose their right to participate in the program. It also has warned that such violations could jeopardize the entire Known Crew Member program.

To protect your ability to participate in the Known Crewmember program, you must abide by the following rules:

  • Authorized flight crew members must travel in uniform.

  • Crew members may not transit the KCM portal with any TSA prohibited items.

  • Carriage of another individual’s property through the KCM portal to circumvent screening is prohibited.

  • All crew members transiting a KCM portal are subject to random screening.

Expedited screening is an earned privilege - not a right. While a majority of our AFA airline employers have chosen to participate, a few have not yet done so. Any breaches of the KCM requirements could jeopardize our standing in the program and the ability to expand it.