Skip to comments.Some U.S. Airports Use Private Security Screening Companies...
Posted on 08/26/2019 9:14:38 AM PDT by BigKahuna
... [However], there are currently 22 airports -- including San Franciscos and Kansas Citys -- which have been allowed to participate in what the federal security agency call its Screening Partnership Program. In fact, since 2004, all commercial air facilities falling under federal security oversight (theyre known as federalized airports) can apply to privatize their security screening services.
How effective is private security screening versus the screening provided at airports by TSA? The answer is difficult to determine, but several government or government-sponsored studies say that private screeners, when properly supervised, are at least as efficient and possibly less expensive. Two different high-profile think tanks, the conservative Heritage Foundation and the libertarian Cato Institute, also maintain airports would be better served by having private security screening companies rather than TSA. The fact that more than 450 U.S. airports still have TSA screeners may indicate those facilities are largely satisfied with the way things are, however.
An August 2016 article at the Marketplace.org website lists pros and cons of having private security versus the type TSA provides. Some airports having private screeners do caution that replacing federal security screening takes time and does come with some risk. For one, theres no guarantee a private screening company wont fail and need speedy replacement by the airports leadership, which can be highly disruptive. Because TSA must provide passenger security screening regardless of circumstances, airports operators can be assured that at least some screening will always be available because federal screeners also cant strike or walk off the job.
In the end, its most likely the case that air travelers dont particularly care just who it is thats screening them when they go through a security checkpoint as long as theyre fast, efficient, courteous and most importantly -- effective.
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Hi BigK, since these Gestapo, oops, US checkpoints fail at their intended mission often enough to be worrisome, my concern is entrusting confidential/secure personal data to private cos. However, the Obama Admin already opened that barn door when it outsourced data analysis to private (spy) orgs like Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike.
The original whining that got us this federal beast called the TSA was that the airport rent-a-cops were rent-a-cops. And now we’ve come full circle, and they’re using rent-a-cops. So why, again, do we even need the TSA? Shut it down and spend the money on the wall.
Two thoughts. First, I know a young lady in my church who became a TSA agent. Nice young lady, but let's just say she operates at about 20W incandescent most of the time. The main criteria for hire seems to be affirmative action. Second, I've been saying for years that the next terrorist attack is going to walk across our southern border, while we're all standing in our socks in a TSA line.
“No guarantee a private screening company wont fail.” True.
It is also true that TSA screening cannot guarantee success. Taking off shoes and belt before a flight is unreasonable. Just export all muslims in America and reject all muslims from other countries.
“Hi BigK, since these Gestapo, oops, US checkpoints fail at their intended mission often enough to be worrisome, my concern is entrusting confidential/secure personal data to private cos. However, the Obama Admin already opened that barn door when it outsourced data analysis to private (spy) orgs like Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike.”
I agree with you one-hundred percent.
“The original whining that got us this federal beast called the TSA was that the airport rent-a-cops were rent-a-cops. And now weve come full circle, and theyre using rent-a-cops. So why, again, do we even need the TSA? Shut it down and spend the money on the wall.”
Yeah, that hysteria over a border wall has at turns made me laugh and then enraged me and then made me laugh again, and over and over.
So yes; let’s get that wall built and if TSA loses a few bucks in federal funding in order to get it built, well... that’s life in the big city, methinks. ;-)
“Taking off shoes and belt before a flight is unreasonable.”
I think we’re the last country that still requires airline travelers to remove their shoes as they go through security. What’s up with that?
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