TSA Screeners To Be Booted Out of US Airport

    March 14, 2012
    Jonathan Fisher
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In November 2010, the federal Transportation Security Administration put a freeze on airports opting to use privatized security services instead of the agency’s own employees, but a provision in a Senate bill passed last month has opened the door for airports to once again apply to replace TSA screeners with private security.

The TSA is not a very popular agency, with taxpaying consumers complaining about the agency’s bureaucratic disorganization and apathy, its massive $8.1 billion budget, and its controversial use of invasive body scanners. Now Orlando Sanford International Airport–one of the busiest in the United States–is planning to take advantage of the new legislation and opt out of TSA-run security screenings.

According to the Miami Herald, the airport’s president announced Tuesday that he will again apply to use a privatized security service, which will operate according to federal standards and under TSA oversight.

Though the legislation allowing the opt-out was passed over a month ago, at present only 16 airports have applied to make the switch, despite the TSA’s reputation of poor customer service, and even allegations of abuse. “The TSA has been keen to downplay the opportunity for airports to dispense with their screeners,” reports InfoWars, “fearing a mass exodus that could undermine the justification for the agency’s continued existence, especially given the fact that its reputation has been repeatedly savaged by a number of scandals.”

As word spreads about airports’ ability to opt-out of TSA-run screenings, and especially if major airports like Orland Sanford set a precedent by successfully applying to privatize, we may see the TSA get the boot from even more airports in the months to come.

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  • EH

    Wow – best news I’ve heard all day! Didn’t think anything could top the Jonathan Corbett story.

  • Jason

    Stupid little sheeple, nothing has changed except who the screeners are getting their paycheck from, everything will be exactly the same as TSA except for a slightly different uniform and someone else pays them. Exact same procedures, exact same everything including management. This is all about Jon Mica making money by privatizing airport security.

    • stopthemadness

      What fools….. nothing is going to change.. the government sets the rules ..its the same thing except now the taxpayers pay a private company.. another layer of bureaucracy and another step away from blame… and congress especially republicans will start getting lobby money again like they got before 9/11

      right now people can bitch to congress when it goes private lobby money will dictate policy

  • Vic

    The new legislation as part of the FAA Reauthorization, does not required the TSA to approve new applications for privitization. It requires the agency to respond (approve/disapprove) to a request within a certain timeframe and provide Congress a report on its’ decision. So…nothing saying agency has to approve the request.

  • Ancient Mariner

    Tell the administration to withhold funding from TSA until they respect the Constitution and the public:


    1. Remove and destroy all imaging machines that potentially can “see” under our clothing.
    2. Cease and desist all invasive patdowns that involve touching genitalia unless there is probable cause to believe that the individual has committed a crime.
    3. Cease immediately harassment of people who assert their constitutional rights during airport screening.


    Thanks for signing.