Alerts

Alerts


​​​​​​The following lists archive alerts and news releases regarding the KCM program.​

3/31/2017 - Policy Update: TSA Screening Policy
​Please see the information below for an update regarding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening policy for Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs) accessing the sterile area through Known Crewmember (KCM) access point locations.  The TSA will amend the applicable security program (FFDO SOP).  Please review and inform your crew members as soon as possible the policy update below.  

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NOTICE:

Please see the information below for an update regarding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening policy for Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs) accessing the sterile area through Known Crewmember (KCM) access point locations.  The TSA will amend the applicable security program (FFDO SOP).  Please review and inform your crew members as soon as possible the policy update below.  

Policy Update:

  • In Accordance with recent changes to the FFDO SOP and the TSA Special Screening Program (SSP) for KCM, authorized FFDOs will now be able to utilize the KCM access points to enter into the airport sterile areas.  FFDOs with authorization for carriage of a weapon into an airport sterile area will be allowed to utilize Known Crewmember (KCM) access points.  FFDOs will be required to provide an approved airline ID along with their FFDO credential to the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) staffing the KCM access point.   Once APPROVED by the KCM access system, the FFDO will be allowed to enter into the airport sterile area.  If DENIED by the KCM access system, The FFDO will be directed to the nearest LEO access point. 
Notice to Crewmembers/FFDOs:

Effective April 03, 2017, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new changes to the Known Crewmember (KCM) program for Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs) entering into the airport sterile areas through Known Crewmember (KCM) access points.  The TSA policy change is as follows:
  • FFDOs with authorization for carriage of a weapon into an airport sterile area will be allowed to utilize Known Crewmember (KCM) access points.  FFDOs will be required to provide an approved airline ID along with their FFDO credential to the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) staffing the KCM access point.   Once APPROVED by the KCM access system, the FFDO will be allowed to enter into the airport sterile area.  If DENIED by the KCM access system, The FFDO will be directed to the nearest LEO access point.  

  • FFDOs should review the details of the policy change on the FFDO dashboard and within the most recent FFDO SOP.   
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7/13/2016 - Notice on prohibited items and the transportation of firearms and ammunition

​Plan ahead and know what you can pack before arriving at the airport by checking the Transportation Security Administration’s prohibited items list. Carrying prohibited items may cause delays for you and other travelers, but they may also lead to fines and sometimes even arrest.


Plan ahead and know what you can pack before arriving at the airport by checking the Transportation Security Administration’s prohibited items list. Carrying prohibited items may cause delays for you and other travelers, but they may also lead to fines and sometimes even arrest.

Crewmembers may transport unloaded firearms in checked baggage if they are transported in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to the airline before traveling. Read the requirements for transporting firearms and ammunition. In addition, local and state governments, and other countries, may have their own rules on firearm possession or transportation. As a result, prohibited items may result in both a TSA civil enforcement action and a criminal enforcement action. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items​.

Before leaving home, remember to check your baggage to ensure you are not carrying any prohibited items to avoid a possible arrest and/or civil penalties.


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4/28/2016 - Notice to Crewmembers

Notice to Crewmembers:

Effective Tuesday, May 17th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement new changes to the Known Crewmember (KCM) program for crew members traveling to international destination on personal travel.  The TSA policy changes is as follows:

Effective Tuesday, May 17th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement new changes to the Known Crewmember (KCM) program for crew members traveling to international destination on personal travel.  The TSA policy changes is as follows:

  • 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.

Notice:  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
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12/17/2014 - Known Crewmember (KCM) Policy Change

​TSA  is making a change to the KCM program, effective Jan. 13, 2015, by no longer requiring airline crewmembers to be in uniform when using the KCM checkpoint.

​TSA  is making a change to the KCM program, effective Jan. 13, 2015, by no longer requiring airline crewmembers to be in uniform when using the KCM checkpoint.

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3/31/2014 - Known Crewmember® Program Reaches Key Milestone with Launch of 40th Site and 15 Million Crewmember Screenings

​Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, together with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program’s 40th location, which now includes General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee. KCM enhances security, strengthens partnerships and allows the TSA to focus on travelers whom we know less about or who present a greater risk to aviation security.

​Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, together with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program’s 40th location, which now includes General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee. KCM enhances security, strengthens partnerships and allows the TSA to focus on travelers whom we know less about or who present a greater risk to aviation security.

“Identity-based programs such as Known Crewmember enhance the screening process, strengthen our partnerships with aviation stakeholders and allow our officers to focus on those who present a greater risk to aviation security,” said TSA Administrator John. S. Pistole.

As a result of successful partnerships among A4A, ALPA and the TSA, KCM has evolved into a robust nationwide program with 15 million crewmember screenings since the inception of the program. In celebration of the 40th site an infographic was released that highlights the success of the KCM program as well as the benefits for both crewmembers and the traveling public.

“A4A and its U.S. airline members are pleased to continue our partnership with ALPA and TSA to further advance the KCM program that improves security and reduces passenger-screening congestion,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “The expansion of risk-based programs like KCM is making travel easier for our passengers and employees and, we look forward to a continued rollout at airports nationwide.”

ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak said, “KCM has allowed TSA to refocus security resources, increase efficiency in security screenings and significantly reduce wait times in security lines for both pilots and the traveling public. As this program continues to expand, we look forward to even more time and cost savings as the industry moves toward risk-based security.”

The testing of risk-based screening for flight crews began in 2011 and was approved by the TSA for expansion in 2012. For the most up-to-date information on the current KCM airports and their access points, select the “KCM” tab on the ALPA smartphone app for iPhones and Droids, or visit www.knowncrewmember.org.

ABOUT
A4A

Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. A4A airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs.

For more information about the airline industry, visit www.airlines.org and follow us on Twitter @airlinesdotorg.

ABOUT ALPA

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

ABOUT TSA

TSA was created in the wake of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. TSA’s workforce comprises approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at www.tsa.gov.

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3/11/2014 - General Aviation Now in Known Crewmember® (KCM)

​Airlines for America (A4A), Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), along with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), have announced that the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program will be made available to members of the air charter community. Air charter pilots, including Part 135 and Part 125, are welcomed to enroll in the expedited security screening program. Eligible aircraft operators, pilots and other crewmembers who want to participate in this program must apply for a two-year badge online through the secured NATA Compliance Services website. Please visit NATA's website for more information on how to join the program and its associated benefits for members.

​Airlines for America (A4A), Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), along with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), have announced that the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program will be made available to members of the air charter community. Air charter pilots, including Part 135 and Part 125, are welcomed to enroll in the expedited security screening program. Eligible aircraft operators, pilots and other crewmembers who want to participate in this program must apply for a two-year badge online through the secured NATA Compliance Services website. Please visit NATA's website for more information on how to join the program and its associated benefits for members.
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11/6/2013 - Alert
There have been a few KCM® reports with the serial number on the KCM® barcode card not matching the serial number on the attached key fob as a result of a small batch of misprinted barcode cards that were produced by our supplier.
​There have been a few KCM® reports with the serial number on the KCM® barcode card not matching the serial number on the attached key fob as a result of a small batch of misprinted barcode cards that were produced by our supplier. KCM® asks its users to please check both numbers to ensure they match prior to registering the KCM® barcode card/key fob combo. If users have already registered the barcode number and/or are experiencing difficulty trying to use your barcode number at a KCM® access point, please discontinue using the barcode card/key fob and return it to your airline manager and request a replacement card. Once users receive their new barcode card, please review to ensure that the numbers match, then register the new barcode number on the secure KCM® account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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11/1/2013 - Difficulties with KCM® Account Activation or Barcode Card Registration?
Airlines for America (A4A) has received some reports of crewmembers experiencing technical difficulties while trying to activate a KCM® account or register a KCM® barcode card on the www.mykcmsupport.com website. Some crewmembers with an AOL or EarthLink e-mail account are reporting issues related to the spam blocker these Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use. Crewmembers that experience technical difficulties while either activating an account or registering a KCM® barcode card should contact the KCM® service provider directly at kcmsupport@arinc.com.
​Airlines for America (A4A) has received some reports of crewmembers experiencing technical difficulties while trying to activate a KCM® account or register a KCM® barcode card on the www.mykcmsupport.com website. Some crewmembers with an AOL or EarthLink e-mail account are reporting issues related to the spam blocker these Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use. Crewmembers that experience technical difficulties while either activating an account or registering a KCM® barcode card should contact the KCM® service provider directly at kcmsupport@arinc.com.
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10/9/2012 - Known Crewmember® Access Begins Today at Los Angeles International Airport
​Airlines for America (A4A) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) will be launching four new Known Crewmember® (KCM®) sites in October 2012. KCM® is an enhanced security-screening program for airline crew members, which positively verifies a pilot’s identity and employment status, strengthening aviation security and shortening screening lines for passengers.
Three Additional Locations to Launch Later this Month

WASHINGTON, October 9, 2012 – Airlines for America (A4A) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) will be launching four new Known Crewmember® (KCM®) sites in October 2012. KCM® is an enhanced security-screening program for airline crew members, which positively verifies a pilot’s identity and employment status, strengthening aviation security and shortening screening lines for passengers.

Beginning today, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will open KCM® access sites and on Oct. 11, Honolulu International Airport (HNL) will open its KCM access site. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is scheduled to launch on Oct. 30 and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Oct. 31.


The Known Crewmember® program enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers to verify the identity and employment status of airline flight crew members. As a result, participating airline pilots and flight attendants, who already undergo thorough criminal background and employment checks as a condition of their employment, will be subject to a more efficient security-screening process. The KCM® program has successfully cleared more than 1.5 million pilots through a secure screening process, which improves TSA efficiency and the security checkpoint experience for both passengers and crew.
 
For more information, visit the Known Crewmember® website: www.knowncrewmember.org
 
ABOUT ALPA
 
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing more than 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
 
ABOUT A4A
 
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 11 million U.S. jobs. A4A airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For more information about the airline industry, visit www.airlines.org and follow us on Twitter @airlinesdotorg.
 
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CONTACTS:
ALPA, Media, 703-481-4440 or media@alpa.org
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