Charlotte Douglas International Airport Director Jerry Orr said he’s wanted a private firm to do security screenings since 2001, when the TSA was created. He named a couple of reasons for that: First, a private firm would be more economical.
Yes it would be more economical, but the problem is they are still required to follow the same rules as TSA as far as identification and such. Kansas City International (MCI) has a private screening company, but they are just as bad. Pay is typically lower and since they aren’t federal employees they don’t have the attractive benefits TSA agents do. People often insult the intelligence of TSOs, but FirstLine employees are often much sloppier looking. MCI is still so fixated on liquids that they miss the proverbial forest for the trees. I’m not saying they are rude though. I’d say the screeners at MCI are as polite as the average KC resident.
If CLT opts of of TSA they will still be required to make everyone take their shoes off, but liquids, gels, and aerosols will still be restricted to 100mL or smaller containers in a quart sized baggie. They will still follow the whole ID = security farce. These policies need to change starting with TSA. If that doesn’t happen, then welcome the new boss, same as the old boss.
How many of you have been to SFO and had no clue those were not actual TSA employees? I rest my case.