Transportation Security Administration Screeners are NOT Required at Airports

As evidenced by the increased traffic in the Travel Safety/Security forum on FlyerTalk, the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has been prevalent in the news recently regarding its latest controversial screening techniques at airport security checkpoints using full-body imaging machines and enhanced pat-downs. Needless to say, much of the publicity has been negative.

However, Did you know that the nation’s airports are not required to have TSA screeners?

The 2001 law creating the Transportation Security Administration gave airports the right and the choice to opt out of the Transportation Security Administration program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, airports are being reminded of that choice — but by whom?!?

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