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. Andreas Moser

    "More enjoyable to the public" is anything that has LESS intrusion. I wonder what it must have felt like at the beginning of civil aviation, with NO security checks.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. brian

    maybe call it "Dancing with airline security". Fun fun fun

    November 19, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sevoruco

    There are other ways that TSA should utilize that are more efficient that pat downs.The metal detector that they use is more efficient than pat downs.Why they donot check men and women under their heads.Is a fact that 80% of women use wigs or hair extentions and 85% of men use wigs or men hair pieces ,why did they donot check that ,things could be conceal in its.
    I think instead of pat downs the x rays machines body searches should be mandatory if they wanted to do a security job that will be 99% guarantee as a good job.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • trex

      What "other ways" can TSA use?

      November 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      BTW, its NOT a metal detector, you dumb moron.

      November 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeptical in Sarasota FL

      Hmmmmm.

      – Congressman John Mica wants to replace TSA airport screeners with private security personnel.
      – Doesn't John Mica accept campaign contributions from private airport security firms?
      – Isn't Orlando/Sanford Int Airport either adjacent to or within the district represented by John Mica?
      – Now Orlando Airport wants to replace TSA screeners with privateers?

      Is this just a mere coincidence, or is there a convenient connection in this series of events?
      Just what link does John Mica have to ORL?

      And just what would privateers do differently from TSA screeners?

      Government can't do anything right, correct? Doesn't John Mica collect a government paycheck, have access to low-cost government subsidized health care, and plan to collect a government pension when he retires from his government job? And isn't he protected by the US Capital Police, another government security agency?

      Is it also just coincidence that someone who rales against the government is so willing to accept a paycheck and benefits from the government, including security services?

      Isn't John Mica also part of the problem?

      November 20, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sevoruco

    Imaging technology should be mandatory to do a 99% good security job .

    November 19, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. steve

    @sevoruco Imaging technology doesn't work better than the magnetometer and has failed numerous tests and would not have detected the material that was in the underwear last year. The puffer machine would have detected that, but the TSA thinks that is too expensive – so they go to digital strip searches to make the uninformed feel better – it's far from the 99% accuracy that you mention

    November 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. troelofs

    no security check = no flying for you. take your choice pat down, xray or full body cavity search. i will not fly unless all passengers and all airline staff goes thru the security checks. Those protesting these pat downs are just helping the terrorists, to me you are assisting with domestic terrorism by not going thru the security checks.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • trex

      u got it right. if you dont want scans or frisk, then DONT FLY. these goof are just what the terrorista want.

      November 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Fitzmaurice

    Just watched Rep. Mica comment on "reforming" TSA. To start with he can get rid of the PASS (pay for performance system) and get rid of all the top heavy, highly paid management that is used to control or salaries and include the screening workforce in the GS pay system which every other dept. in DHS is paid by. TSA officers have been suppressed by the PASS system which has lead to demoralization of the work force. Our base pay is controlled by taking test's so the poorest performing screeners can get big rewards just because they may score higher on the re-certification test's. The testing itself is manipulated because it's the only way TSA can control how much of an increase is paid out each year. This means that despite how well a officer does when tested his/her scores will be adjusted to fit the pay agenda. The testing staff deliberately falsifies the results of the test's to fit this agenda. In other words they lie about how the officer actually did during the PSE's or physical evaluation. So, you wonder why all officers might not do exactly what they have been trained to do and why there is inconsistency from airport to airport?!! Yes, Mr. Mica reform is called for but I hope you do it in the best interest of the loyal, dedicated officers who really do "perform" on the job.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cleo

    Saw the ex-head of security for El-Al on "Countdown" and he said that the imaging technology and the type of pat down being down, by the TSA, don't work and aren't necessary. The Israelis apparently have the best handle on anti-terrorist techniques and haven't ever had a successful attack take place at the airport or on board an El-Al flight. Since El-Al and Ben Gurion Airport in Israel have the most successful security in the world, I think he and his colleagues are worth listening to and learning from.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Schiphol airport (The Netherlands) has their airport security contracted out to the Israelis, and they let the underwear bomber fly to America. A Dutch passenger ended up saving the day on that flight. So the Israeli security is not perfect either, especially since I'll bet much of their effectiveness is based on extreme profiling.

      November 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zaidi

    It's 1970, and I'm flying to Dallas Texas from Washington DC. I arrive at National Airport with a group of friends. After checking my luggage, I go–with my friends–straight through to the boarding area, without having to go through a security gate or a pat down. We all sit in the boarding area, smoking, as we wait for the plane to pull up to the gate. When boarding, I go onto the plane, with my friends, smoking. I sit in my seat, with my friends surrounding me; all of us smoking, talking, and laughing, as passengers come on board. A pretty, smiling stewardess (that's what they were called back then), informs me that my friends have to leave because the plane is about to take off. We say our goodbyes, and my friends depart. I sit back into my seat, smoking; having wistful thoughts as I look out the window, and thinking how fun it is to fly.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. FISHEYE

    You are all SHEEPLE! There are no terrorists.Its our Secret governments way to instill fear in SHEEPLE to bring down the economy.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      you are not fisheye, u r fishbrain

      November 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Jetson

    It's about time. Which airport is next?

    November 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patriot1776

    TSA workers WHO KNOW THIS IS WRONG, SHOULD NOT SHOW UP TO WORK ON THE 24th. TSA workers, just because you are following orders does not mean you cannot Protest. As you dehumanize us, we too realize they are dehumanizing you. Join the protest and DO NOT SHOW UP FOR WORK ON THE 24th Till they give you back your dignity!!

    November 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      yea, lets put in charge of security the private sector, using the group that now asks" you want fries wit dat?". TSA KEEP THESE MORONS SAFE FROM THEMSELVES.

      November 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Baroness

    Sevoruco, I am curious as to with whom you associate. Where did you accquire your "statistics" regarding hair pieces/wigs/extentions et al. I think you must have flipped YOUR wig. Perhaps we could get a collection going, send you to a neurologist and see what if anything is going on under your 'wig et al'. It is a thought, at least I have one that makes rational sense.

    November 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottn27

    Teabagger's have nothing better to do, now that they took the House than to attack the TSA. No one is forcing you to fly at gun point......unless you fly out of Orlando! What a joke!

    November 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      These morons would revolt if they couldnt fly because there might be a bomb on board. This is EXACTLY what the terrorists want, morons complaining about security. If they win, security is withheld and allows a bomb on board. Just a bunch of spoiled brats needing a lesson. I hope it happens on their open security flught.

      November 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ihate govtfraud

    I frequently get checked, as my underwire always sets off the metal detector. Its always embarrassing as at least one male tsa guy always tries to sneak a peek. Now they'll be on full display for anyone at tsa who wants to see them. I feel so humiliated

    November 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      there is no TSA in your car hot stuff

      November 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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