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TSA shuts door on private airport screening program

Posted By admin On January 30, 2011 @ 6:56 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Mike M. Ahlers and Jeanne Meserve,
CNN [1]
Jan 30, 2011

A program that allows airports to replace government screeners with private screeners is being brought to a standstill, just a month after the Transportation Security Administration said it was “neutral” on the program.

TSA chief John Pistole said Friday he has decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports, saying he does not see any advantage to it.

Though little known, the Screening Partnership Program allowed airports to replace government screeners with private contractors who wear TSA-like uniforms, meet TSA standards and work under TSA oversight. Among the airports that have “opted out” of government screening are San Francisco and Kansas City.

The push to “opt out” gained attention in December amid the fury over the TSA’s enhanced pat downs, which some travelers called intrusive.

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[4] 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

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

[6] Congressman Vows To End TSA Screening: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congressman-vows-to-end-tsa-screening.html

[7] 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

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