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August 24, 2019

TSA to Require Uniforms for Use of KCM, Other Changes

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working with Airlines for America (A4A) but without the inclusion of ALPA, has developed certain new amendments to the Known Crewmemberâ„¢ (KCM) program, which go into effect in a few days. ALPA is in the process of determining the rationale, timing, and reasons for the lack of coordination with the Association on these changes, and we will pass along additional information to our members as soon as it is available.

A4A, in coordination with the TSA, is issuing the following guidance to KCM-participating airlines today, which will also be posted on the KCM website:

A4A continues to collaborate with TSA regarding enhancements to the KCM program. Please be aware that the following enhancements will be implemented.

Effective August 28, 2019, KCM-authorized Crewmembers will be required to wear uniforms while using KCM access points.

An automated enhancement to Unpredictable Screening Procedures (USP) will be enabled on August 27, 2019. This enhancement will include retention of the Crewmember selection for USP for a period of time at all KCM access points in that airport. NOTE: If the selected Crewmember exits the sterile area and attempts to reenter through a KCM access point during this time period, they will continue to be identified for USP.

For any questions, please call [A4A] at 202-626-4028.

ALPA is engaging with A4A and TSA leadership to work through the issues that created this policy shift. We will provide updates in the coming days. In the meantime, the Association urges members to continue to fully comply with all KCM rules.


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