Liberty RISING! Lawmakers threaten TSA with private screeners if they don't improve its treatment of travelers.Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:48
Liberty RISING! Lawmakers threaten TSA with private screeners if they don't improve its treatment of travelers.
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY 6:21 p.m. EST January 14, 2014
WASHINGTON – Members of a House panel threatened Tuesday to privatize more airport screening unless the Transportation Security Administration improves its treatment of travelers.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said he plans legislation "one way or the other" to privatize all federal screeners within two years. He would leave TSA in charge of gathering intelligence, setting standards and running audits.
"If you come to Orlando airport or Sanford airport, what is going on is almost criminal to American citizens, the way they are treated," said Mica, head of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on government operations, which held a hearing on private screeners. "This is the mess we've created."