November 19th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Florida airport considers ditching TSA

An Orlando, Florida, airport official wants to do away with the Transportation Security Administration and use a private firm to screen passengers.

Larry Dale, president of the Sanford Airport Authority in Orlando, is considering ditching TSA security personnel and replacing them with a private firm.

"Airports are unique...one size doesn't fit all," Dale told CNN's American Morning on Friday. Dale says his board and staff have been looking at other airports that provide their own security in preparation for making the switch at Orlando Sanford International Airport. Dale says his research shows that using a private security screening company would be "more efficient and more enjoyable to the public."

Dale's comments come during a week in which the TSA has been under fire for it's airport screening procedures, including imaging technology and pat downs. TSA is in charge of protecting the nation's transportation systems.

Private airport security is not uncommon. The TSA lists 17 airports that are currently participating in its Screening Partnership Program.

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  1. ihate govtfraud

    There must be a way to provide security without humiliating we women. Men just don't understand how violting it is to have a stranger staring at your body and now running their hands over it. We don't like it in the everyday world and we shouldn't have to permit it by our government

    November 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ihate govtfraud

    Trex – if you are referring to me, it IS a metal detector currently. That is the common definition of a magnetometer

    November 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sgt. Slaughter

    So if you don't want to fly unless everyone is strip searched.... Then maybe YOU SHOULDN'T FLY???

    November 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nice guy

    Hey its not just women who don't like it..... I'm a gay man and I don't want some guy I don't know feeling my balls either

    November 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ihate govtfraud

    Nice guy – you're absolutely right and I apologize for not seeing that side. Most men have made jokes about it. Thank you for standing up for decorum on all sides

    November 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. condor

    @nice guy

    Good point and also since we don't discriminate against gay and lesbians either

    How would you know if the TSA agent, man or woman, giving you a good feel wasn't gay either???

    November 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sgt. Slaughter

    Can I have the little shorty spanish mamita do my pat down please??

    November 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sgt. Slaughter

    Blond or Brunette?

    Can I have the little shorty spanish mamita do my pat down please??

    November 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GoCubsGO

    See, neanderthals like Sgt Slaughter feed into the fratboy mentality. This is a serious issue. Thank you to nice guy and condor for being mature about it

    November 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Condor

    The whole gay thing is very concerning

    Kind of defeats the pupose of having men search men and women searching women

    The whole world is just upside down

    November 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sgt. Slaughter

    Just do like the military does.....

    DON'T ASK.....DON'T TELL.....LMFAO

    November 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ihate govt fraud

    Oh, I've had lesbians search me. They CAN be creepier than men are

    November 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Even if they get rid of TSA they will still have to follow the same rules! The only diffrence will be the uniform!

      December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sgt. Slaughter

    What the DHS and the TSA really need is......

    A "MENTAL" DETECTOR

    BUT THAT WOULD MEAN HAVING HIGHLY TRAINED WELL PAID PROFESSIONALS QUESTION AND INTERACT WITH EACH PASSENGER. TO DETERMINE IF THEY NEED A MORE THOUROUGH SCREENING

    IT ALSO MEANS THE DREDED "PROFILING" TECHNIQUE BE USED.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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