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Private screening option
12/31/10 The Washington Post reported that some more
airports are considering private screening option.[read
Washington Post piece]
In 2002 Aviation and Transportation Security Act
required TSA to conduct a contract screening pilot program at five
airports to evaluate the performance of private screeners relative to
federal screeners. San Francisco and Kansas City were among the five
airports. Pilot program ended in November 2004 but airport operators
were allowed to request opting out of TSA under the Screening
Currently sixteen airports have private screening.
There are thirty four private companies that are approved to perform
private screening. Covenant Aviation Security that has its main office
in Congressman Mika’s home district has been rewarded contracts for 9
out of the 16 airports with private screeners.
In November 2010 Congressman Mika sent a letter to 100
largest airport operators urging then to opt out of TSA screening.
According to media reports “in the past 13 years,
Congressman Mica has received almost $81,000 in campaign donations from
political action committees and executives connected to some of the
private contractors already at 16 U.S. airports”.
Starting salary of private screeners are higher than
TSO’s. According to an independent report the private security
contracts costs are 9 to 17 percent higher than the TSA's costs.
Contractors must follow all TSA-mandated security procedures at
checkpoint at CTX locations.