GOP report says private airport screeners can do more for less (6/3/11) —


On the heels of a successful charge in the House to cut funding for the Transportation Security Administration’s airport screening staff, a Florida Republican has unveiled a report claiming TSA screeners cost roughly twice as much as private screeners and don’t do the job any better.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said the report proved the United States could save $1 billion over five years by switching its 34 largest airports to private screeners supervised by TSA employees. The study was produced by GOP staffers at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which Mica chairs.