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Changes to KCM

Jan 25, 2015 (08:01:58)

 

Dear Flying Partner,

Just a reminder about the changes to Known Crewmember (KCM).

 

KCM - No Uniform In Effect, Continued Random Screening

Effective January 13, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Known Crewmember (KCM) requirements changed to provide crewmembers access to KCM out of uniform. We ask for your cooperation as Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) become familiar with this KCM policy change. If you confront any challenges with regard to this policy change, please contact your AFA Local Council officers.

 

RANDOM SCREENING AND LAGS: Under the KCM program, all crewmembers can be selected for additional random physical screening. Random screening is built in as a check and balance to ensure the integrity of the KCM system.

 

Crewmembers utilizing the KCM checkpoint, whether in uniform or out of uniform, are permitted to take excess liquids and gels (LAGs) through the checkpoint.

 

Random physical screening may require crewmembers to transit a main screening checkpoint.

  1. If in uniform, excess LAGs are permitted.
  2. Crewmembers not in uniform will NOT be permitted to travel with excess LAGs.

 

Nearly 60 airports are currently equipped with KCM screening checkpoints and more are expected to be added in 2015. Check afacwa.org/known_crewmember for the latest information.

 

It is up to each individual airline to commit to participating in the program, as the airline must create a database for the Flight Attendants. AFA will continue to work with our airline managements to support inclusion for all Flight Attendants.

 

Protect KCM - Compliance with the TSA Prohibited Items List

AFA worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that Flight Attendants could be included in the government-approved Known Crewmember (KCM). It is up to each air carrier to determine whether they will participate in KCM.

 

To protect your ability to participate in the Known Crewmember program, you must abide by the following rules:

 

  • Crewmembers may not transit the KCM portal with any TSA prohibited items.
  • Carriage of another individual’s property through the KCM portal to circumvent screening is prohibited.
  • All crew members transiting a KCM portal are subject to random screening.

Expedited screening is an earned privilege ? not a right. While a majority of our AFA airline employers have chosen to participate, a few have not yet done so. Any breaches of the KCM requirements could jeopardize our standing in the program and the ability to expand it.

 

AFA Ensured Known Crewmember Access for Flight Attendants

Our union advocated forcefully at many levels of government and industry to secure Flight Attendant inclusion in KCM. Our advocacy spanned high level appointees in the Obama Administration, including Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano, TSA Administrator Pistole, Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation officials and Members of Congress. Our Safety, Health and Security Department diligently worked with technical experts to ensure options for Flight Attendants to be included in the program. AFA expert testimony and Congressional office visits helped build momentum for Flight Attendant inclusion in the program with support from Capitol Hill. Congressional Testimony>

 

AFA members helped to keep this important issue at the forefront. As the leading advocate for Flight Attendant inclusion since the moment the program was first conceived, we left no stone unturned to realize this accomplishment. History of AFA's Advocacy for KCM>

 

At the AFA Executive Board in September 2012, TSA officials recognized AFA’s tireless advocacy and key role in securing Flight Attendant inclusion in KCM screening.

 

We commend the Air Line Pilots Association, ALPA, our counterpart union in the cockpit at many of our carriers, for its leadership in this process. ALPA was part of the initial test phase which included a limited number of crewmembers in a handful of airports. It was essential that the program be fully vetted before expanding to include all crewmembers at significantly more airports.

 

Known Crewmember, or KCM, uses established security clearances related to our employment as certified safety and security professionals. As first responders, Flight Attendants hold a primary stake in aviation security. We are the last line of defense in aviation security onboard the aircraft and we approach our role within the safety network with the utmost seriousness. Known Crewmember recognizes our integral role in maintaining US aviation safety.

 

In Unity

 

 

Air Wisconsin AFA App is here !

Jan 24, 2015 (11:00:00)

Our new  one stop shop app is now available ! 

Jumpseat agreements, Officer phone numbers and emails, Contract, and more !

To find the app, go to the following link ....

http://apps.appmakr.com/zwafa

Follow the links for android or apple

Contact Ernie Lazernick at 410-262-6817 if you have any issues or suggestions.

 

 

The Passing of Guy Adams

Dec 13, 2014 (03:13:43)

 

Dear Flying Partner,

       It's with a heavy heart to inform you that former Air Wisconsin Flight Attendant Guy Adams has passes away.  Guy was very respected by his co-workers. 

       Please remember that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here for all flight attendants.  All calls are 100% confidential.  Please contact your local rep for assistance.

       Council 03: Lisa Hopkins 731-234-5438

       Council 28: Yvonne Morris 202-758-8992

       Council 29: Maura Warfield 757-513-1232

       www.afacwa.org/eap 1-800-424-2406

       We have included a handout from EAP that might be helpful to you.

     FACING SUDDEN LOSS

 Of all the experiences we confront in life, the toughest to face is the sudden, unexpected loss of someone we love.Loss in itself is painful enough, but sudden loss is shocking. The shock doubles our pain and intensifies our grief. Even if on some level we understand that no one lives forever, actually losing people we love is unimaginable. When we know someone we love has a fatal disease or when we have nursed a loved one who is very ill, we have a chance to begin to prepare for their loss -- at least a little. However, the unexpected death of a loved one (regardless of how that loved one dies) can leave us stunned, lost, and overwhelmed with pain. We may not know where to begin to cope.

 Sudden loss gives us no chance to prepare. It is not unusual that we feel cheated by a sudden death, cheated of a chance to say the last words we would have liked to say or to do some last act that would have had meaning to us like a hug, a kiss, a walk hand in hand. Missing out from having a way of saying some kind of good-bye can leave us feeling especially bereft for weeks or even months. Feeling cheated in this way can add to our grief, anguish and despair. Besides our feeling cheated by it, sudden loss can make the world feel shaky or less safe. This is a natural response to any unexpected and traumatic event. When we feel as if someone we love is suddenly yanked out of our lives, we are left feeling that the world isn’t a safe place. We may then become fearful and uncertain, or angry and frustrated. This loss can negatively color our view of life, but hopefully only temporarily.

 When we face a sudden loss, all at once we have three overwhelming tasks to deal with: Our grief over the loss of our loved one, the absence of this special person from our daily lives, and the changes in our lives that are caused by this loss. Each is a big task to take on, and each will become a part of our mourning and healing process. Although it may be hard to imagine at the moment, we must remember most will ultimately move through this terrible pain and begin to heal.

 It helps to bear in mind that emotional pain isn’t constant, and that we don’t have to grieve forever. We will love forever, whether our loved ones are with us in body or not, but we do not need to grieve to honor that love. We can just love.

 People who have suffered sudden loss have taught us several important, possibly universal, ways to help heal:

     Do your mourning now. Being strong and brave is important, but never miss an opportunity to cry. That is not self-indulgent, but simply sensible and honest in dealing with your emotions.

      Take special care of yourself through your grief. One way to do this is by surrounding yourself with support. Your AFA EAP is one resource available to you

       In Unity,

       Erin, Barbara, Maura

Delta Flying

Nov 21, 2014 (18:50:48)

 

Dear Flying Partner,

 

We are excited about the news from Air Wisconsin management about the new agreement to begin Delta Air Lines flying in the New Year!

As you know from Chief Commercial Officer Christine Deister’s email, pending discussion of several open issues, we will operate 26 50-seat CRJ 200 aircraft within the Delta Connection network by October 2015, beginning with five planes on January 5, and receiving an additional two to three each month through October. Initially, most flights will be out of PHL, CVG, RDU, JFK and DTW.

We welcome this great opportunity to work with Delta Air Lines, and look forward to performing in our role as first responders with the excellence and professionalism that our industry has come to expect from us!

The MEC is monitoring these developments and will provide more details as they become available.

In Unity,

Erin, Barbara, Maura, Ernie and Juli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebola: Resources for Flight Attendants

Nov 11, 2014 (15:03:09)

 

Dear Flying Partner,

Ebola: Resources For Flight Attendants

 

Coming into contact with the Ebola virus onboard the aircraft is highly unlikely, but as long as any risk exists, we must be prepared to act expeditiously.  AFA has created an online Ebola Resource Center for Flight Attendants, complete with health guidance, recent news articles, AFA member communications anHow to remove glovesd media releases, as well as a list of precautions you can take if a passenger is showing signs or symptoms of Ebola.

AFA continues to press key agencies overseeing aviation safety and health to enact protective and response measures needed to support aviation’s first responders and safe air travel. We also continue to coordinate with unions representing workers on the front lines of managing the potential risk of Ebola exposure.

 

The Ebola Resource Center can be found at www.afacwa.org

In Unity,

Erin, Barbara, Maura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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