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American Airlines calls for separate checkpoints for flight crews and airport staff.

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American Airlines is reportedly urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to designate security checkpoints purely for the use of pilots and other employees.

The airline, which claims the move would help avoid disruptions to flight schedules, has also asked the TSA to develop a single screening process that would apply at all US airports. American Airlines believes that any screening of airline employees should be standardised, reasonable and separate from passenger screening measures.

A spokesperson for the TSA has stated that while the agency will consider the airline's requests, it does not want to create two levels of security checkpoints as it wants to ensure that the level of security is high enough to rule out anyone who may be a threat, The Associated Press reported.

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