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Known Crewmember- It’s a Privilege, Not a Right!

Date: April 4, 2018

MEC Safety Health and Security

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 this vital program, which allows participating crew members to access sterile areas of the airport through a separate crew portal.

The continued success of the program is dependent upon crewmembers demonstrating that they can be trusted to comply with all related requirements.Unfortunately,in recent weeks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has found egregious violations of the KCM requirements. Such conduct, can jeopardize Flight Attendants of their right to participate in the program and consequently jeopardizes the entire Known Crew Member (KCM) program.

Therefore, we recommend that all Flight Attendants abide by the following rules to protect your ability to participate in the Known Crewmember program.

  • Crewmembers 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.


KCM is Accessible Only for "Active" Crewmembers. If you've been inactive, on leave, or if you have been temporarily removed from service, you will not have KCM access. Also keep in mind that when returning to active status there will be a delay in updating your status to “active” which may result in your inability to use KCM access. If you are denied access to a KCM checkpoint here are several recommendations for working through this issue. 

KCM While Traveling International

Crew members traveling as a passenger for personal travel from a U.S. location to an international location, must be screened as a passenger through the passenger screening checkpoint prior to entering into the airport sterile area.  Crew members are no longer allowed to use the KCM access point for personal travel from the U.S. to an international location.


Crew members traveling from the U.S. to international locations on company business may continue to use the KCM access points. 

Company business includes; but is not limited to, the following:

  •  Flight Operations
  • Training 
  • Crew Positioning
  • Dead Heading
  • Other Company Business

Expedited screening is an earned privilege – NOT A RIGHT. Any breaches of the KCM requirements could jeopardize our standing in the program. 

Flight Attendants may review additional information and all criteria on the Known Crew Member program on the TSA website.

Note: The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

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