Airlines for America (A4A) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int´l (ALPA), in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), have announced they have cleared over 100 million crew members in the the Known Crewmember (KCM) program since its inception in 2011, the company said.
The KCM program enables TSA security officers to verify the identity and employment status of airline pilots and flight attendants, who already undergo thorough criminal background and employment checks as a condition of their employment. KCM has been a valuable resource in helping to decrease airport congestion by providing alternative screening opportunities for airline pilots and flight attendants, reducing the impact on the general screening lanes used every day by the traveling public. KCM currently has 62 participating airlines and operates in 90 airports at 221 screening locations.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive USD 1.5 trillion in US economic activity and more than 10 million US jobs. Airlines fly more than 2.3 million passengers and 55,000 tons of cargo each day. 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.
ALPA is the world´s largest pilot union, representing more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada.