Release # 14.21
March 4, 2014
Known Crewmember Program Adds Two More
Austin, Tex., and Jacksonville, Fla., both launch new risk-based security screening
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today announced the expansion of the Known Crewmember (KCM) program to include Jacksonville International Airport (JAX); Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) joined the program on Friday, February 28. KCM is a risk-based security screening program that enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of crewmembers.
Known Crewmember makes airport checkpoint screening more efficient for all who depend on air transportation by removing airline pilots from passenger screening lines. Testing of risk-based screening for flight crews began in 2008 and was approved by the TSA for expansion in 2009. As a result of successful partnerships with Airlines for America (A4A) and the TSA, KCM has evolved into a robust nationwide program, serving over 13 million transits to date.
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak said, “The further expansion of Known Crewmember signifies another success for the U.S. airline industry. The program enables TSA officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of airline flightcrew members. As a result, airline pilots, who already undergo thorough criminal background and employment checks as a part of their employment, are subject to a more efficient security-screening process.”
AUS and JAX join KCM as the program’s 36th and 37th airport locations respectively. ALPA’s goal is for all U.S. airlines to join the program and for it to be available nationwide. 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.
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