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Privatizing US airport security could increase security threats

New law effectively reduces government body's powers in managing privatization.

WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2012: Privatizing airport security screening could lead to increased security threats, writes Whit Richardson on Security Director News. Now, the US may very well make it easier for airports to contract-out security screening by reversing the burden of proving the advantage — now disadvantage — to privatization.

"Lawmakers recently passed new legislation that could make it easier for airports to contract with private companies to provide security screening rather than rely on the Transportation Security Administration.

Until now, airports that wanted to contract private companies to provide security screening services had to apply to the TSA under its Screening Partnership Program (SPP) and prove there would be "a clear and substantial advantage to transition to privatized screening." However, the FAA authorization bill, which the Senate approved on Feb. 6 and President Obama is expected to sign into law soon, shifts the burden of proof from the airport to the TSA, which would now have to prove the advantage of privatization does not exist..."

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Posted: February 29, 2012

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