TSA Considered Ending Pilot Security Program
THE TSA RECENTLY CONSIDERED SHUTTING DOWN ITS PROGRAM THAT LETS PILOTS AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS PASS THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY CHECKPOINTS WITHOUT THE SAME TYPE OF PHYSICAL SCREENING AS PASSENGERS
(CNN) – It’s happened to most of us.
You’re waiting in line at the airport and you watch flight attendants and pilots fly through security.
Sure, you get a little jealous.
It’s called the ‘known crewmember program.’
But the TSA is making some changes to it.
They initially thought about scrapping the program all together.
Instead, they decided to make it tougher for flight crew to get though security.
The changes were announced Saturday and they’re set to kick in Wednesday.
Moving forward, pilots and flight attendants will have to wear uniforms and the TSA will likely step up random security measures to screen pilots and flight attendants even more.
Right now, the TSA is in the midst of an audit looking into possible vulnerabilities.
They say nothing specific happened to cause the change only that there’s been “renewed focus on insider threats,” but not everyone is buying it. Wspecially given the quick turnaround on the new rules.
On Monday, the union and some airlines told CNN they still had several questions they want the TSA to answer about all of this.