Yesterday I wrote about how over the weekend the TSA announced new restrictions for using their Known Crewmember checkpoints.
Known Crewmember allows select airline crews to enter the sterile area of the airport without undergoing a security screening. You might see a Known Crewmember checkpoint near the exit to the TSA checkpoint, as those who are registered just have to present their airline ID and government issued ID, and then can walk right into the terminal through the exit.
There were two changes that the TSA announced:
- As of August 28, 2019, airline staff using the Known Crewmember checkpoints would need to be wearing their uniform to use the checkpoint
- As of August 27, 2019, an automated change would be made to the Unpredictable Screening Procedures (USP); with this change, if someone is selected for a screening, then the system would maintain that, and they’d be subjected to screenings for some amount of time
As I noted yesterday, while the latter policy change makes sense, the former policy change makes no sense:
- It’s an inconvenience to airline employees who aren’t working a flight, since they’d just have to change into their uniform, only to change out of their uniform past security
- Are TSA agents supposed to know exactly how every airline uniform looks? There’s variation by airline, so this seems like it would be something they’d need to be trained in
- If they want to increase security they should be using biometric data for crew members, rather than just showing ID
Anyway, I wondered if the TSA had really thought this through, and it looks like the answer is “probably not really.” The TSA has announced that they’re delaying the implementation of the new uniform requirement, after getting pushback from airline unions.
I’ll be curious to see if this still does end up being enacted at some point, or if they come up with some modified new rules.