Pilot Identity Verification Program
November 24, 2010 - Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole
announced that the agency is taking additional steps to
streamline security screening for
?Pilots are trusted partners who ensure the safety of
millions of passengers flying every day,? said TSA
Administrator John S. Pistole. ?Allowing these uniformed
pilots, whose identity has been verified, to go through
expedited screening at the checkpoint just makes for
smart security and an efficient use of our resources.?
?We appreciate TSA?s dedication to safeguarding the
flying public and their acknowledgement of airline
pilots as trusted security partners,? said Capt. John
Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association,
?We appreciate TSA?s dedication to safeguarding the flying public and their acknowledgement of airline pilots as trusted security partners,? said Capt. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA).
enhanced screening process for airline pilots will provide a
higher level of security while moving them efficiently through
checkpoints. As a result, airline pilots will be treated in a
manner that reflects their trustworthiness and responsibility as
?Establishing a secure system to positively identify and verify
the employment status of uniformed pilots is a common sense,
risk-based approach that allows TSA to dedicate more resources
to unknown threats,? said Capt. Paul Onorato, President of the
Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA). ?This is
another example of pilots working with TSA to help ensure the
safety and security of the traveling public.?
Airline Pilots Association appreciates the TSA?s willingness to
work with us to find a solution that recognizes what an
important asset pilots are to the security process,? stated
USAPA President Mike Cleary. ?We are eager to continue the
conversation with Administrator Pistole and our fellow pilots?
unions to ensure that these new protocols are implemented
properly and in the very near future.?
?I am glad
that the TSA is working with pilots as the trusted partners they
are in this important security effort,? said Captain Chesley
?Sully? Sullenberger. ?I look forward to continuing to work with
them to reach our common goal of making air travel as safe as
possible for the American public.?
?We view this as a
very welcome policy change,? said Gregg Overman, Communications Director
for the Allied Pilots Association.
TSA is working
closely with pilots to expedite their security screening by verifying
their identity and employment at the checkpoint at airports nationwide,
modeled after a successful pilot program that is currently operational
at three airports.
While a nationwide
sterile area access system for pilots is being phased in, pilots
traveling in uniform on airline business will see immediate
modifications to their checkpoint screening process due to their trusted
status. Eligible pilots must work for a
Pilots will enter
the secure area after presenting their airline-issued identification and
another form of identification to Transportation Security Officers
(TSOs). TSOs will check credentials against a secure, real-time airline
flight deck crewmember database, which includes a picture and other
information to verify the individual?s employment status.
with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l, TSA tested a sterile area
access system called CrewPASS in 2008 and 2009. In June 2009, TSA
announced Crew Personnel Advanced Screening System (CrewPASS) would
continue to operate at the test sites: Baltimore-Washington Thurgood
Marshall International, Pittsburgh International, and Columbia (S.C.)
The Air Line
Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), has welcomed the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) announcement of expedited screening for
airline pilots as important action to move the nation toward a
threat-based strategy that focuses security resources where the risk is
highest and away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
are trusted security partners, given the level of background checks they
must satisfy as part of employment and the responsibility they have for
the safe operation of the flight,? said Capt. John Prater, ALPA?s
president. ?We appreciate the TSA?s recognition of this partnership with
new procedures that will provide a higher level of security throughout
the system while moving pilots efficiently through screening
ALPA has long
advocated a threat-based approach to aviation security that focuses
limited screening resources on individuals about whom little or nothing
is known while accurately identifying trusted travelers such as airline
pilots and allowing them to be screened appropriately.
ALPA proposed the creation of a highly secure and effective security screening system that would quickly and accurately verify the identity and employment status of active airline pilots. As a result, ALPA?s Crew Personnel Advanced Screening System (CrewPASS) program would identify individual pilots as trusted and, as a result, enhance the overall security of air travel and reduce passenger delays.
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