The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an amendment to its standard security programs, effective January 31, 2019, making it a requirement for participating aircraft operators to remove Known Crewmember (KCM) access for the duration of time prescribed by TSA for any crewmember who has been disqualified from participation in the KCM program. TSA has developed a program that, among other things, denies access to KCM expedited screening to crewmembers who commit certain violations of the transportation security requirements. The TSA program is considered Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and therefore not eligible for publication in the public domain. However, A4A and ALPA worked with TSA to release the below information in the Frequently Asked Questions, so that crewmembers will be better informed of how any violations of transportation security requirements may impact their access to expedited screening through KCM.
Crewmembers failing to comply with specified security requirements will have their KCM privileges suspended or revoked. The duration of disqualification from KCM privileges ranges from six months to permanent disqualification depending on the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations. Crewmembers may also be denied access to KCM expedited screening for reasons other than violations of transportation security requirements.