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Crew Member Self Defense Training Program

Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service

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The Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act requires air carriers providing scheduled passenger air transportation to conduct basic security training for their flight and cabin crewmembers in order to prepare them for potential threat conditions that may occur onboard an aircraft. The Act further requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and make available to flight and cabin crewmembers an advanced self defense training program that includes appropriate and effective responses for defending against an attacker.

Administered by the TSA Office of Law Enforcement / Federal Air Marshal Service, the Crew Member Self Defense Training (CMSDT) program is available to any actively employed flight or cabin crew member. The program is delivered in two parts. First, the crew member receives and reviews a self-paced, interactive DVD and student manual designed to familiarize them with basic self defense concepts and techniques. After completing the review and a short written assessment, the crew member attends one day of “hands-on” training at a participating community college.

Currently scheduled class dates and locations are listed here. Additional dates and locations will be posted as they become available.