Liquids, Gels and Aerosols (LGAs) Restrictions
December 6, 2013
With the implementation of Known Crewmember (KCM) at some locations,
we've heard there is some confusion regarding the current TSA and United
Liquid, Gel and Aerosol (LGA) guidance as it pertains to crewmembers.
The FAOM page 17.14 outlines those specific circumstances under which
crewmembers are exempt from the TSA LGAs restrictions. Generally
speaking, working crewmembers both domestically and internationally, are
exempt from these TSA LGA restrictions. However, crewmembers flying to
or from international locations may be subject to additional
restrictions by the host government.
Crewmembers who are commuting, traveling to/from training, or pleasure
traveling in or out of uniform, are not considered working crewmembers –
and are not exempt from the TSA LGA restrictions and are subject to the
same TSA LGA restrictions as the traveling public. Any Flight Attendant
found in violation of these restrictions may be personally fined.
Additionally, the Known Crewmember Program (KCM) is available at some airports as an expedited security screening checkpoint for authorized crewmembers. KCM is a risk-based, identity and employment verification program designed to expedite screening for crewmembers in uniform. It is not a program designed to allow non-working crewmembers the
ability to bypass the TSA LGA restrictions. United Airlines and the
TSA are clear in their expectations – working crewmembers are exempt
from the TSA LGA restrictions within the United States and may be
subject to additional restrictions when traveling to countries outside
of the United States. Non-working Flight Attendants, who choose to use KCM, are still subject to TSA LGA requirements.
The TSA has recently issued warnings to crewmembers after having
discovered non-working crewmembers bringing excess TSA LGAs, and other
prohibited items including the baggage of others through the KCM
checkpoint. The TSA has warned that these actions are not only in
violation of TSA guidelines, they also put the crewmember and the
viability of the KCM program in jeopardy.
Please ensure that you understand all TSA LGA and host country
exemptions, so that you don't inadvertently violate these security
restrictions. We do not want the actions of a few to jeopardize KCM, or
the current TSA LGA exemptions enjoyed by working crewmembers.