It Begins: Florida Airport Boots TSA

After Florida congressman John Mica suggested early this week that airports had the ability to opt out of using TSA for security and instead choose a private contractor, an airport just outside his district has chosen to do just that. Orlando Sanford International Airport, a small hub just north of Orlando, is sending a letter to TSA informing them they’re being fired.

“All of our due diligence shows it’s the way to go,” said Larry Dale, the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. “You’re going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service.”

Dale says he will be sending a letter requesting to opt out from TSA screening, and instead the airport will choose one of the five approved private screening companies to take over.

It apparently takes a year to make the switch from TSA to a private firm. Smaller airports would appear the best prospects to dump TSA, as they seek a “hook” to lure passengers away from the invasive bureaucratic nightmares the agency has created at major hubs.



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