The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has been in the news recently regarding its latest controversial screening techniques at airport security checkpoints using full-body imaging machines and enhanced pat-downs.
Much of the publicity has been negative, and the fees paid by you reportedly support this federal government agency and its questionable screening procedures.
However, according to an article by Byron York of the Washington Examiner, did you know that domestic airports in the United States are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints?
“The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.”