Could Some Airports Ditch TSA for Private Security Because of Wait Times?

Kansas City and San Francisco are two major airports that use private security.

As travelers continue to groan about long lines at airport security, could some airports use a private security company instead of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)?

Presently, 22 airports have used the Screening Partnership Program instead of the TSA. However, the staff still operates under federal oversight and follows TSA procedures, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. The only two major airports are Kansas City International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Ian Redhead, the deputy director at Kansas City International Airport, says the program gives its staff more flexibility. But he acknowledges it’s not a perfect system and that it still experiences wait times.

“I don’t think privatization is a guaranteed success,” Redhead said. “I think it’s an option that others are looking at, but I don’t know [if] it’s a guaranteed success. Privatization is an option, and airports should be allowed to do it.”

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