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01-29-11, 11:49 PM #1
TSA shuts door on private airport screening program
Washington (CNN) -- 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.
Rep. John Mica, a Republican from Florida, wrote a letter encouraging airports to privatize their airport screeners, saying they would be more responsive to the public.
At that time, the TSA said it neither endorsed nor opposed private screening.
"If airports chose this route, we are going to work with them to do it," a TSA spokesman said in late December.
But on Friday, the TSA denied an application by Springfield-Branson Airport in Missouri to privatize its checkpoint workforce, and in a statement, Pistole indicated other applications likewise will be denied.
"I examined the contractor screening program and decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports as I do not see any clear or substantial advantage to do so at this time," Pistole said.
He said airports that currently use contractor screening will continue to be allowed to.
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01-30-11, 12:17 AM #2
"I examined my paycheck, saw it says TSA on it and decided it won't get bigger if my agency gets smaller," Pistole may have thought before saying something very similar.
Ok, a real quote then.
"The nation is secure in the sense that the safety of our skies will not be left in the hands of the lowest-bidder contractor, as it was before 9/11," said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees. "We applaud Administrator Pistole for recognizing the value in a cohesive federalized screening system and work force."
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01-30-11, 12:48 PM #3
Sounds like a Government agency seeing the writing on the wall and trying to save their own hides by justifying their existence."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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01-30-11, 02:32 PM #4
I am around TSA every day (I'm airport security supervisor), and they are ALWAYS coming up with new procedures and requirements that they dump on the airports to implement. They are always sticking their noses into our realm of responsibilities, and trying to tell us (Sheriff's Office) how to do our jobs.
Two years ago this month, we had a clown jump the fence onto the airfield at zero-dark-thirty one morning. My deputies caught him, and we booked him on local charges. To this day, TSA has yet to charge him or impose any fines on him, two years later.
I told the regional TSA inspector one day that TSA should stick to doing what they do best - inspect baggage and screen passengers - and leave the airport security to the professionals.
I caught her inside the secure boarding area a few weeks ago without her security badge being displayed. When I approached her, and asked where her ID badge was, she said, "Shhhhh, I'm testing my people." I responded with, "Well be sure to show in your report that TSA flunked the test, but the Sheriff's Office caught your ass. Now, by your own rules, display your badge or leave the secure area!"
She didn't much like it, but then I tend to develop an attitude when she's around.
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01-30-11, 03:51 PM #5
I'd rather wipe my ass with a porcupine than deal with TSA. Unfortunately, I never get that choiceThe views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
01-30-11, 05:10 PM #6
Always good to know the people groping me are government officials, they should be good at screwing me over with my clothes on.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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01-30-11, 11:58 PM #7SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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