Yesterday, the TSA announced a change of procedures affecting the Known Crewmember Program (KCM). Apparently this change was predicated on the upcoming August 27 implementation of the revised “Unpredictable Screening Procedures” (USP).
With this, effective this Wednesday, August 28 KCM authorized Crew Members will be required to be in full uniform while using KCM checkpoints.
Neither your Union nor the company (to our knowledge) had any advanced knowledge of this impending change. It is highly unusual that a change in KCM procedures would be communicated on a Saturday without advance notice or that such a change would have such a tight implementation time line. The changes apply to ALL airlines participating in the KCM Program, across the entire system. It is worth noting that changes of this sort may also be in response to some sort of a credible threat and may or may not be a short lived change.
Until more is known, the TWU encourages all of you to help spread the word about the new procedures and comply accordingly. It goes without say that non-compliance or knowingly circumventing KCM procedures can lead to very unpleasant consequences up to and including loss of KCM privileges for life, civil penalties, federal prosecution, and/or termination.
Once we have more information as to why these changes are taking place, we will act accordingly in both communicating what we can and advocating for the return of the previous policy.
Copy of TSA Alert
08/24/2019 – Notice to Crewmembers
Effective August 28, 2019, KCM-authorized Crewmembers will be required to wear uniforms while using KCM access points.
Effective August 27, 2019, an automated enhancement to Unpredictable Screening Procedures (USP) will be enabled. This enhancement will include retention of the Crewmember selection for USP for a period of time at all KCM access points in that airport. NOTE: If the selected Crewmember exits the sterile area and attempts to reenter through a KCM access point during this time period, they will continue to be identified for USP.