July 25, 2012- Flight attendants working for U.S. airlines will soon speed through security checks as fast as pilots in many airports around the country. The Transportation Security Administration announced on Monday that its program Known Crewmember, which offers security screenings that are expedited to pilots in 14 airports, now would include flight attendants who are verified.
The program will not allow any crewmembers to bypass the screening process, but allows for a streamlined method of screening. The KCM program’s website says that participants are screened differently and separately from air passengers because of background credentials that have been established and verified.
The Association of Flight Attendants have applauded the action taken by TSA and said it was a decision that would strengthen the network and allow real threats to be focused on. The association said that the KCM recognizes the role of flight attendants to keep U.S. aviation secure and safe.
In 2011, the KCM program was enacted. Last week three other airports – Salt Lake City, Philadelphia and Denver – joined the program. Seventeen airports around the country will participate in the KCM program. The TSA said it could be a full year before all U.S. airlines have made the necessary system changes to implement the change in the KCM.