Interesting news. Hopefully some more airports will jump on board with this option. Although it looks like the TSA still has a lot of involvement with controlling these PSC’s if used. Hopefully this public/private partnership is constructed well enough to only enhance the effectiveness of each side, and not degrade security/screening in the process.
Of course the TSA employee’s union is not happy about the move either. lol Which is great, because in the private model, poor companies and poor employees should be fired, and not protected by some overbearing and highly protective union. -Matt
Sacramento International Airport Dropping TSA
30 July 2012
Sacramento International Airport has been approved to replace TSA agents with private contractors. Airport officials made the request in April after Congress expanded an opt-out clause in the federal law that created the TSA.
Airport Director Hardy Acree said he believes private screeners can do a more efficient job than government employees and provide the same level of security. “I think there is going to be a higher level of customer service”, Acree said.
Current only San Francisco, Kansas City and 14 smaller airports currently use private security employees. Sacramento International Airport would be the third largest airport to move to private security.
According to federal law, private contract screeners are trained by the TSA, they follow TSA procedures, use TSA equipment, and display TSA badges. There are even TSA supervisors that oversee operations. The private company is paid by the TSA.
Even with all this TSA involvement the TSA employee union, American Federation of Government Employees, was quick to criticize the move. The move would reduce costs and increase efficiency, but union president James Mudrock said they will “continue to fight this”.