Program makes airport checkpoint screening more efficient for all who depend on air travel
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, together with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program’s 40th location, which now includes General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee. KCM enhances security, strengthens partnerships and allows the TSA to focus on travelers whom we know less about or who present a greater risk to aviation security.
“Identity-based programs such as Known Crewmember enhance the screening process, strengthen our partnerships with aviation stakeholders and allow our officers to focus on those who present a greater risk to aviation security,” said TSA Administrator John. S. Pistole.
As a result of successful partnerships among A4A, ALPA and the TSA, KCM has evolved into a robust nationwide program with 15 million crewmember screenings since the inception of the program. In celebration of the 40th site an infographic was released that highlights the success of the KCM program as well as the benefits for both crewmembers and the traveling public.
“A4A and its U.S. airline members are pleased to continue our partnership with ALPA and TSA to further advance the KCM program that improves security and reduces passenger-screening congestion,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “The expansion of risk-based programs like KCM is making travel easier for our passengers and employees and, we look forward to a continued rollout at airports nationwide.”
ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak said, “KCM has allowed TSA to refocus security resources, increase efficiency in security screenings and significantly reduce wait times in security lines for both pilots and the traveling public. As this program continues to expand, we look forward to even more time and cost savings as the industry moves toward risk-based security.”
The testing of risk-based screening for flight crews began in 2011 and was approved by the TSA for expansion in 2012. 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.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
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