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New KCM Requirements But No Uniform Required – Effective September 6, 2019

Date: September 4, 2019

Today, September 3, TSA issued notice to their officers about the new crewmember identification requirements, which will become effective this Friday, September 6, 2019. The new requirements are as follows:


  • If the crewmember is wearing a uniform, the crewmember must present, as they do now:
    • A non-expired government-issued photo ID (such as a passport or driver’s license); and
    • An aircraft operator-issued crewmember photo ID (crew ID)


  • If the crewmember is not wearing a uniform, the crewmember must present:
    A non-expired government-issued photo ID;
    • An aircraft operator-issued crewmember photo ID; and
    • A third form of identification, either:
      • A passport
      • Driver’s License/government ID card
      • Or one of these items and your FAA Certification Card

We are aware, at some airports, Flight Attendants have been improperly directed to passenger screening if not in uniform, and in addition, that new KCM electronic randomizer function is selecting a very high percentage of crewmembers for passenger screening. AFA continues to work with TSA to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Your reports have been instrumental in helping us to address these issues and correct discrepancies. 


Please continue to respectfully question when given instruction that is not consistent with reported procedures. If the TSA Officer or manager persists with the instruction, comply and then document the incident through our reporting form.

KCM Questions and Reporting Form>

We fought hard to be included in KCM program. It is both a privilege as trusted crewmembers and a responsibility as part of aviation security. We all need to work together to ensure KCM continues to promote security and compliments our work as aviation’s last line of defense. 


Please continue to follow all KCM program requirements. Flight Attendants NOT traveling in uniform and selected for secondary screening are not exempt from liquid, gel and aerosol provisions. Be aware that any liquids that do not meet the TSA established guidelines that are sent through the screening area may be confiscated and potentially destroyed. 

Note* - The ability to travel with full-size liquids is a courtesy extended to uniformed crew members only. 

This is a sensitive time working with TSA to ensure our continued inclusion in the program and all its benefits. We should continue to be courteous and respectful to the TSA officers and follow their direction. Any concerns or complaints in regards to a recent KCM experience or problem with the established protocol should be filed KCM Reporting Format unitedafa.org.

Review the recent updates to KCM in Tuesdays E-Lines.

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