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As Frustration Grows, Airports Consider Ditching TSA

Posted By admin On December 31, 2010 @ 4:17 am In Featured Stories,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Derek Kravitz
Washington Post [1]
Friday, December 31, 2010

Some of the nation’s biggest airports are responding to recent public outrage [2] over security screening by weighing whether they should hire private firms such as Covenant to replace the Transportation Security Administration [3]. Sixteen airports, including San Francisco and Kansas City International Airport, have made the switch since 2002. One Orlando airport has approved the change but needs to select a contractor, and several others are seriously considering it.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [4], which governs Dulles International [5] and Reagan National airports, is studying the option, spokeswoman Tara Hamilton said.

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Airports that choose private screeners must submit the request to the TSA. There are no specific criteria for approval, but federal officials can decide whether to grant the request “based on the airport’s record of compliance on security regulations and requirements.” The TSA pays for the cost of the screening and has the final say on which company gets the contract.

Rep. John L. Mica [8] (R-Fla.), the incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has written to 200 of the nation’s largest airports, urging them to consider switching to private companies. The TSA was “never intended to be an army of 67,000 employees,” he said.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/30/AR2010123005225.html

[2] recent public outrage: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111206580.html

[3] Transportation Security Administration: http://www.tsa.gov/index.shtm

[4] Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority: http://www.mwaa.com/

[5] Dulles International: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/29/AR2010102906766.html

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[7] Stock up for the Holidays with eFoodsDirect and get FREE Shipping!: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/2010-holiday-special/?aid=14&adid=48

[8] Rep. John L. Mica: http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/John_L._Mica

[9] No more TSA screeners? Airports again allowed to apply to opt out: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-more-tsa-screeners-airports-again-allowed-to-apply-to-opt-out.html

[10] Airports Can Legally Opt-Out, Kick TSA Program to the Curb, and Instead Hire Private Security Screeners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airports-can-legally-opt-out-kick-tsa-program-to-the-curb-and-instead-hire-private-security-screeners.html

[11] OKC Airport Considers Ditching TSA, Hiring Private Screeners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/okc-airport-considers-ditching-tsa-hiring-private-screeners.html

[12] Top 20 airports where TSA thugs are most likely to steal your stuff: http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-20-airports-where-tsa-thugs-are-most-likely-to-steal-your-stuff.html

[13] Body scanners are headed to 11 major airports: http://www.prisonplanet.com/body-scanners-are-headed-to-11-major-airports.html

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