TSA Announces Private Security Screening

Marmaduke McPug

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Jun 13, 2002
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It will be interesting to watch these airports to see in the future, how much different they compare to airports with 100% federal security, not just federally supervised.

TSA Announces Private Security Screening Pilot Program
TSA/DOT | June 18, 2002 | TSA

June 18, 2002

The Under Secretary of Transportation for Security, John W. Magaw, today announced the five airports selected to participate in the Private Security Screening Pilot Program -- intended to test the feasibility of having private contractors perform federally supervised passenger and property screening at airports.

Airports chosen for the two-year pilot program are San Francisco International, Kansas City International, Greater Rochester International in New York, Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming, and Tupelo Airport in Mississippi.

“The airports selected for this pilot program will be key in determining how TSA moves forward in meeting provisions under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act,” said Magaw.

The decision to select these facilities was based on a number of factors including, but are not limited to, an airports willingness to participate, selecting a balance representation from across the United States, selecting areas with variable costs of living, the availability of existing screening company resources, and a mix of business, leisure and academic passengers.

The Private Security Screening Pilot Program is designed to determine if, with proper government supervision and controls, contract screening companies can provide and maintain the passenger and property screening performance levels provided by TSA’s federal screener workforce.

TSA’s next step will be to identify qualified private screening companies that are eligible to participate in the pilot program. TSA will solicit, award, and administer screening contracts. The screening companies awarded contracts will carry out passenger and property screening services at the five pilot program airports under federal supervision. TSA will also evaluate the contractors’ performance and will make contract termination decisions. To the extent feasible, TSA will work with the airport operation to assure that the best decisions are made and that the highest level of security and service are provided at all points in this process and through out the pilot program.

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, Section 108, requires TSA to establish the pilot program. The Act requires that the private screening company be owned and controlled by a citizen of the United States. The Act also sets forth the provision that TSA may terminate any contract entered into with a private screening company that has repeatedly failed to comply with any standard, regulation, directive, order, law, or contract applicable to hiring or training personnel or to the provision of screening at an airport. In addition, contractors are required to meet or exceed employment standards, compensation and benefits rates, and performance requirements that apply to federal security screeners.

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Nov 30, 2001
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I bet Argenbright's happy about this; I wonder whose pockets they lined.....