As of next year, it is likely that airline pilots and flight attendants will have to go through airport security at least once a week.
The known crewmember program will be replaced by a new program called Expedited Crew Access. This would no longer be a joint initiative with the Air Line Pilots Association and Airlines for America, but would be under the control of the transportation security administration.
I haven't seen the document myself, but it's said that this has been outlined in a known crewmember update.
The number of prohibited items being brought through security will be reduced through random screenings.
The known crewmember program allows eligible pilots and flight attendants to pass through airports without having to clear security.
They can pass through the lane without being screened, but they have to use the special lane. Employees will sometimes be randomly selected to be screened, and the number of random screenings has increased recently.
I asked if the known crewmember program should be reconsidered. There has been an increase in the number of people trying to smuggle drugs and other items through these checkpoint.
Maybe some flight attendants don't feel like they have much to lose in their career because of the large amount of money involved in drug dealing. If they can make a living as a flight attendant with a couple of runs, then they might consider it.
What do I think about these changes?
I want to know what the new procedure looks like. All pilots and flight attendants will need to be screened.
Thanks to the known crewmember program, pilots and flight attendants don't have to go through security often. It seems that it's going to be reconsidered with an increase in travelers using these checkpoint to smuggle stuff onto planes.
The known crewmember program will be replaced by Expedited Crew Access. I want to know all the details of what this will be.
What do you think about the news that the known crewmember program is being replaced by expedited crew access?