Known Crewmember Opens in World's Busiest Airport


F/O Len Empie, Delta MEC Aviation Security Committee vice chairman, at the new KCM site at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport

November 6, 2012 - At 4:30 a.m., Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport, the busiest airport in the world, became the 28th airport in the United States to join the Known Crewmember (KCM) program. With many pilots making their home in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, the screening process has just become much quicker and easier for pilots, passengers, and TSA screeners.

“Having the program in Atlanta, where I live, will allow me and other pilots to get to our aircraft as quickly as possible, while still providing the highest level of safety and security,” said Captain Mike Hanson, a status rep for Delta in attendance at today’s opening of the program. “The program is a win for everyone—the traveling public will see shorter lines, verified crewmembers will go through a more efficient screening process, and we will make more effective use of TSA screening resources.”

One checkpoint has been established at the North Terminal of the airport, with the possibility of establishing a second checkpoint in the future.

Those using the alternative screening access this morning included pilots from Delta, AirTran, and Atlantic Southeast.

KCM is a risk-based screening system that allows TSA officers to verify the identity and employment status of crewmembers from the 40 airlines participating in the program. Pilots are reminded to register and use their KCM barcode cards as quickly as possible after receiving them to help expedite the process at ATL and all other locations.

Crews should also remember that the location of a KCM access point does not determine who is allowed to use it. If a pilot’s airline participates in the program and the individual meets the conditions for use—including being in uniform and having appropriate identification—he or she is allowed to use any KCM access point. For example, if the KCM access point is in the JetBlue JFK terminal, a Delta pilot may use that access point; it is not just for JetBlue pilots.

Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Airport will be the last airport opening for Known Crewmember in 2012, with more expected to come online in 2013.

For the most up-to-date information on the current KCM airports and their specific KCM portal locations, select the “KCM” tab on the ALPA smartphone app for iPhones and Droids, or visit www.knowncrewmember.org.