Sunday, January 30, 2011

TSA Reaches Out to End Private Screening Program

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You know... the one they were "neutral" about? The alternative to the pat downs that Obama joked about in his STFU WTF SOTU?

Washington (CNN) -- A program that allows airports to replace government screeners with private screeners is being brought to a standstill, just a month after the Transportation Security Administration said it was "neutral" on the program.

TSA chief John Pistole said Friday he has decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports, saying he does not see any advantage to it.

Though little known, the Screening Partnership Program allowed airports to replace government screeners with private contractors who wear TSA-like uniforms, meet TSA standards and work under TSA oversight. Among the airports that have "opted out" of government screening are San Francisco and Kansas City.

Isn't that just like the Obamanites? Hold out some small hope of relief from the bureaucratic excesses of the TSA only to snatch it away again.

And if you think the TSA wouldn't be in charge of security for high speed rail as Obama implied, then I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

H/T Memeorandum


  1. TSA just has to have their dirty, rotten hands on everything. This monopoly being tyrannically imposed on citizens needs to be challenged in the courts.

  2. Yeah. To me the airlines have a vested interest in keeping flying safe and the flying public, if not satisfied, at least not mad as hell. TSA agents have no such vested interest. If an airport wants to opt out of the picture and grope routine for something still overseen by the TSA and less intrusive, they ought to be allow to do so.


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