TSA Ends Private Screening Program – HSToday

The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided to prevent any more US airports from opting out of the use of federal screening officers in favor of private companies.

TSA Administrator John Pistole started a review of the initiative that allowed airports to hire private contractors as screeners last year and determined that it does more harm than good.

“As part of that review, 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. The airports that currently use contractor screening will continue to be regulated by TSA and required to meet our high security standards,” Pistole said in a statement Friday.