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

Date: March 18, 2022

The government-approved Known Crewmember (KCM) program allows Flight Attendants and Pilots at many airlines to enjoy the convenience of an expedited security screening. 

AFA worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that Flight Attendants would 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, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has found circumstances where there have been egregious violations of the KCM requirements. Such conduct can jeopardize crewmembers 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 Crewmembers transiting a KCM portal are subject to random screening.

As a reminder, KCM is accessible only for "active" crewmembers.  If you have 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.

In an effort to clear up any misunderstanding and eliminate confusion on access protocol, we recommend that you review our “Known Crewmember – What You Need To Know!” page on our website to help with some of the misunderstandings in this program.

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