AFA Regional Flight Attendants Start Using Known Crewmember Check Points
PSA Flight Attendants Gain Access to Expedited Security Screening
Washington, DC –Today, US Airways Express Flight Attendants at PSA Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), gained access to the alternate, expedited security screening program Known Crewmember (KCM). PSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. and operates as a US Airways Express carrier.
“In addition to gaining Flight Attendant inclusion in the program, AFA worked alongside management to ensure that PSA Flight Attendants were the first regional carrier to access Known Crewmember,” said L.C. Acor, AFA PSA President. “As key partners in aviation security, Flight Attendants are integral members of a security team charged with ensuring the safety of air transportation. We are not only aviation’s first responders, we also serve as its last line of defense in security. Known Crewmember (KCM) recognizes our role and further promotes security through the TSA’s risk-based security initiatives.”
AFA advocated forcefully at many levels of government and industry to promote the KCM program with full recognition of Flight Attendants’ role in aviation security. KCM, developed by A4A and the Air Line Pilots Association, is an expedited screening program for authorized and trusted crewmembers at security screening checkpoints utilizing established security clearances that each aviation employee must meet as a condition of employment. Flight Attendants and pilots - crewmembers - take part in the same background checks and the clearance process is identical.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.