Known Crewmember® (KCM) is a new risk-based screening system that enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of crewmembers. The KCM system is available for use by participating airlines’ pilots, and as of October 1, 2012, flight attendants may also be included in the program. The program expedites flight-crew member access to sterile areas of airports, reduces passenger-screening line congestion, enhances security, and makes airport checkpoint screening more efficient for all who depend on air transportation.
The KCM proof-of-concept program launched at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Miami International Airport August 2011, and then expanded to five additional locations during its evaluation stage—Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Boston Logan International, Dulles International in Washington, D.C., and Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, Wash. In early 2012, the TSA authorized KCM to become a standing program available to US airlines with access points at dozens of airports.
The KCM program was developed by Airlines for America (A4A) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), with approval and support of the TSA.
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 access point. Crewmembers are reminded to follow the current uniform policies required by the TSA and their airline until the effective change date.
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
for more information on how to join the program and its associated benefits for members.
This website is only intended to provide an overview of the
program. Questions about the specifics of the program should be directed to your airline. This is not a U.S. government site.
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