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Tag: private contractors

Federal Lawmakers Propose Widely Different Ways to Tackle Long Lines at Airports

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawmakers are offering potential solutions to long wait times at airport.

After Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, suggested $28 million in extra funding for three busy northeast airports, another lawmaker suggesting adding private screeners.

The Hill reports that Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., wants the TSA to use more private screeners.

Of the 472 commercial airports, only 22 have help from private contractors.

“My question is: why?” Black said. “Congress must ensure that TSA culture and policies aren’t standing in the way of allowing businesses the ability to compete for these opportunities.”

Black also wants a realistic cost of private contractors.

“Congress can’t keep throwing taxpayer money at a broken agency that, by every metric, is failing our travelers, without demanding reform,” Black said.

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Airports Consider Replacing TSA with Private Screeners to Ease Lines

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Airports frustrated with long security lines are considering firing TSA screeners and replacing them with private contractors.

As wait times have topped two and three hours at some airports, airports are looking for ways to ease the delays, Bloomberg reports. 

Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are “discussing a variety of options” that included replacing TSA with a private a contractor.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is considering a similar move.

San Francisco International uses private screeners.

Jeff Holmgren, the TSA federal security director at the Seattle airport, maintains “there is no statistical difference in terms of effectiveness or efficiency” between federal and private screeners.