Congressman John Mica has called for “most” of the nation’s busiest airports to evict TSA screeners and replace them with private security, as Orlando International Airport considers doing precisely that in the aftermath of a deluge of scandals to plague the federal agency.
Despite helping create the TSA a decade ago, Mica, head of the House transportation committee, has become one of the agency’s most prominent critics, being instrumental in the passage of a recent bill which allows airports to opt out of using TSA screeners in favor of their own privately hired personnel.
Mica’s goal is set about, “eliminating the roughly 52,000 TSA screeners nationwide,”according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“Hopefully we can get most of the airports into that model,” said Mica.
Although progress has been slow, Orlando International Airport, the 13th busiest in the United States, could be the first large domino to fall, setting off a chain reaction that could cause a wave of opt-outs.
“Officials at Orlando International Airport, the region’s largest, said the facility is considering a change to private screeners — though no decision has been made,” states the report. The smaller Orlando Sanford International Airport has already replaced TSA agents with private security.
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