Over six years ago AFA introduced and advocated for a process that would recognize and include Flight Attendants as "known crewmembers," and provide a simplified and more streamlined process for screening procedures for Flight Attendants. On October 26, 2012 Flight Attendants began to take advantage of the Known Crewmember (KCM) program, and on January 13, 2015 Flight Attendants were granted access to the KCM Checkpoints without their uniforms. As First Responders, we are an instrumental part of aviation security and have a personal role in security onboard the aircraft. We take that role seriously and, as part of the known security network, the KCM program recognizes the importance of the work we do and role we fulfill.
AFA promoted and was the first to introduce the idea, which subsequently resulted in legislation that contemplates a process by which Flight Attendant clearance through passenger screening procedures is expedited using established security clearances related to our employment as certified safety and security professionals. AFA partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a process that will allow quicker crew transit time through airports and permit the TSA to focus on passengers vs. known and trusted Flight Attendants. This initiative is supported by the Flight Attendant Coalition and will benefit all Flight Attendants with Union representation.