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TSA chief confirms 150 smaller airports will not ditch screenings: ‘We’re not doing that’

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The head of the Transportation Security Administration has officially shut down reports that the agency will shutter checkpoints on 150 smaller airports throughout the country, although a recent study found that doing so could save $115 million per year.

“We’re not doing that. Real simple,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the USA Today in an August 8 interview. “We looked at and decided that no problem is worth pursuing. From the table.”

Poekoske further revealed that while the TSA studied the idea of the dropping of the federal personnel at airports for aircraft with 60 or fewer seats, in a move that could move approximately 1,300 TSA employees to larger air hubs, the risks do not outweigh the potential benefits.

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On 2 August, the L. A. Times reported the proposal, who are in a panic many, was “just a part of an annual budget exercise to look at ways to work more efficiently in the agency.”

“The reporting on the pre-decisional budget exercises is misleading, because it does not match with the whole process, and there is certainly no take into account the special TSA-professionals who work tirelessly to assess impact, risks and feasibility of the different scenarios,” Pekoske also told The Hill that the beginning of the speculation that the TSA screenings would indeed end safety performances on 150 smaller airports.

“Each year, as part of the federal budget process, the TSA has been asked to talk about possible ways to work more efficiently,” TSA spokesman Michael Bilello shared with the Times. “This year is no different.”

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The TSA has about 60,000 employees and screens air travel passengers at 440 airports across the country, working with an annual budget of € 7.58 billion, the Times reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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