The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of
Law Enforcement / Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) is sponsoring a voluntary
Crew Member Self Defense Training (CMSDT) program available to any actively
employed flight or cabin crew member.
The video below is a low resolution copy of a CMSDT
promotional outreach DVD produced by the FAMS Distance Learning Branch, dated
April 1, 2009. It gives a brief summary of what to expect from the one
day training session. The video may be viewed in full-screen mode by
right clicking on the screen and choosing the “Go Full Screen” option.
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This crew member self defense training has undergone some
changes. Originally, the program was three days of hands-on
training. The new program is a one-day hands-on training (8 hours).
According to the new TSA CMSDT website Overview, the training
is available to all
actively employed or temporarily furloughed U.S. carrier crew members. The
program is delivered at more than twenty sites nation-wide, both at community
college and Federal Air Marshal locations throughout the country. Crew members
are encouraged to register to attend this one-day “hands-on” training at one of
the more than twenty participating training sites. CMSDT is provided at no cost
and crew members are welcome to attend the training as often as desired.
While AFA still believes it imperative that carriers provide
an effective hands-on training for our flight attendants, very few carriers are
taking the initiative to provide this much needed training, so it is important
that AFA members receive information about this TSA program. For further
information, AFA members are encouraged to review the Registration Information and Training Locations, Dates, and Contact Information
available on the TSA website.
to News Articles
Defense Training Goes Begging for Airline Crews;
Del Quentin Wilber; Washington Post; Saturday, April 28, 2007.
Please refer to the TSA CMSDT website for full program information and