Many Americans are frustrated and outraged at new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening policies that require full body scanning or invasive pat-downs at airports.
Now one airport in Central Florida has decided not to use TSA agents at all for screening their passengers.
Larry Dale, the CEO of the Sanford Airport Authority, told WDBO radio that his board has authorized him to use a private screening firm instead of TSA employees.
“All of our due diligence shows it’s the way to go,” Dale said. “You’re going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service.”
The CEO expects to send the federal government final notification in January. The private screeners could be in place within the next 12 months.
Orlando International Airport is meeting Dec. 8 to consider using private contractors for their screenings.
Councilman Eric Erickson of Macon City, Georgia has also said that he wants Middle Georgia Regional Airport to stop using the TSA screeners.
Rep. John Mica (R-FL) has sent a letter to more than 150 of the nation’s largest airports urging them to use private contractors instead of the TSA.
“I think TSA is overstepping its bounds,” Mica said.
The TSA notes that airports that opt out of the screening process are still required to follow TSA requirements including full body scans and pat-downs.