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No More TSA Screening at 150 Airports?

No More TSA Screening at 150 Airports?
Ryan Boyd

According to a report by CNN, the Transportation Security Administration might be planning to pull its agents from 150 airports, claiming they aren’t prime targets for terrorists.

Internal documents from the TSA affirm that agents would only be pulled from airports that serve planes with 60 seats or fewer. The move would save $115 million, but some security experts say that the savings are not worth the potential threats.

The TSA has not released the full list of 150 airports under consideration and officials say that no change will take place without risk assessment.



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  1. Jesse Arroyave

    August 7, 2018 at 7:49 am

    It’s certainly a bit concerning. Flyers want to feel comfortable during any trip, and it’s the airports responsibility to do so. Are they considering implementing some other measure, if they decide to remove these TSA screening?

  2. speedbrds

    August 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Well geez. Now that this is known, that “lack of likelihood” has just flew out the window.

  3. corbetti

    August 7, 2018 at 11:19 am

    um… bad guys can board a flight in a small town and connect onto a bigger plane at a hub.


  4. sddjd


    August 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Have yet to read any even halfway compelling reasons for TSA’s continued existence in its current form. Their success rate in detecting firearm and explosive tests by DHS went from a 95% failure rate to somewhere in the mid 80%’s recently, so in true gov’t bureaucracy speak we read of “improvements”, but no one should be fooled into thinking those with true ill intent fear these searches. The TSA may as well not be present compared to the results of decades of xray stations prior to its inception.

  5. bobnchi

    August 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I think this and other recent stories of changes are just test balloons to gauge how it will fly, as it were.

  6. jjmoore

    August 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Let’s not forget that terrorists aren’t stupid. On 9/11, one of the terrorists boarded at PWM to avoid the increased scrutiny at the larger airport in BOS.

    This is a terrible thought and I hope it never happens for all of our safety.

  7. c502cid

    August 7, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    So is every hub airport going to have to build 3/4 of their gates a secure walkway to screening like international arrivals do today?

  8. icyx

    August 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    From seeing different segments and documentaries and News do informative pieces on how effective the TSA is… i can do without them. Perception might be there for general public but the amount of time wasted and required due to TSA isn’t worth a perception that is pretty much false.

  9. MarkOK

    August 7, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    So essentially, the TSA would put hundreds of flights a day at risk, and force those of us that use small airports to deplane and go through security at a hub if we are connecting. This would kill small airports as it introduces a new risk to passengers AND nullifies the short screening lines that make these airports rather convenient. I imagine the airlines may save a few and implement their own screening, but if I have to spend a hour at DFW getting screened during my layover, I might as well drive to a bigger airport just a hour and a half away and not deal with that added hassle and risk..

  10. dogcanyon

    August 8, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Clearly, they’re just trolling us to provoke public outrage and get Congress to give them more money.

  11. mvoight

    August 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Ah, yes you will have to be in longer lines at the hub, BUT…. TSA saves a ton of money at the smaller airports

  12. SamirD

    August 8, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I welcome getting rid of the TSA and replacing them with trained military like every other nation that has faced ‘threats’ since the 1970s has done. You don’t mess with getting caught by security when they’re all uniformed, trained, and armed with machine guns like a real defense initiative.

  13. chx1975

    August 9, 2018 at 4:22 am

    “So essentially, the TSA would put hundreds of flights a day at risk, ” — *blink* what did I just read? A risk of what? Or are you saying that thing when they missed Adam Savage’s two 12″ razor blades didn’t happen?

  14. nrr

    August 9, 2018 at 4:26 am

    I fly out of JFK T8 often; I notice lots of idle TSA agents…magnify this to other airports, they could keep the status quo IF they put the idlers to work = not withdrawing TSA from 150 locations.

  15. flyingill

    August 9, 2018 at 4:56 am

    This is ridiculous and the need to increase precheck sales and maybe increase the $5.60 fee. I assume though this is a mismanagement of money.

    I’m afraid in 20 years paying for lawsuits from TSA security that have been standing by those machines all day w radiation exposure.

  16. kc1174

    August 9, 2018 at 5:19 am

    All they need to do is make it all TSA PreCheck so everyone move quicker. Leave the bag of liquids in the carry on and leave your shoes on. I mean – I paid for my global entry card with PreCheck, but recently my significant other flying with me got it too because we were on the same booking and she obviously didn’t have the checks I had. Maybe it was because I had it and she was on the same booking or maybe it’s because we were traveling in F. No clue. But I’m against the idea of getting rid of TSA altogether at regionals. Just needs to be sped up a lot across the board.

  17. Slalom01

    August 9, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I don’t welcome leaving one of the small 150 airports and having to pass through screening at a hub airport prior to making a connection.

    That will have a huge impact on minimum connecting time.

  18. MitchR

    August 9, 2018 at 5:53 am

    As the story unfolds it appears to be a political tactic aimed at securing, or justifying, budget funding for TSA.

  19. moreofless

    August 9, 2018 at 6:26 am

    “According to a report by CNN, the Transportation Security Administration might be planning to pull its agents from 150 airports, claiming they aren’t prime targets for terrorists”

    As soon as they pull the agents they will become prime targets!

  20. susanmckee

    August 9, 2018 at 6:37 am

    A long time ago, I flew from Texarkana to DFW. No security screening at TXK, but the gate would not allow one to pass to other DFW flights without passing through security. Many of the smaller airports were managed this way (pre-9/11 though).

  21. ChinaShrek

    August 9, 2018 at 7:06 am

    The US military cannot and should not operate domestically. They are not a law enforcement agency. Just let people carry guns and we’ll take care of the terrorists!

  22. jsintexas

    August 9, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I am assuming that TSA will be pulled from these airports and the responsibility will become the job of the local police or airport authority.

    As most of the TSA employees live locally the local government would likely hire them for the screening process.

  23. Orange County Commuter

    August 9, 2018 at 7:26 am

    OMG I am sitting here laughing hysterically. Only the Thousands Standing Around wouldn’t figure out that it wouldn’t take a genius of a terrorist to think “gee I will just start my trip in the middle of nowhere USA”

  24. Danwriter

    August 9, 2018 at 7:39 am

    “…agents would only be pulled from airports that serve planes with 60 seats or fewer.”

    Every airport serves planes with 60 seats or fewer. What I suspect the writer meant was “ONLY serve planes with 60 seats or fewer

  25. alphaod

    August 9, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Seriously why do we need so many staff. For example the guy that doesn’t help but just yell at people who don’t know what to do, we can get a robot to yell instead. Do we really five when say three will do? Maybe increase efficiency instead of doing drastic things that it’s obvious no one will think is smart.

  26. broston

    August 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

    terrible idea. If implemented, will they remove the $11.50 9/11 security fee from ticket prices?

  27. JustineG

    August 9, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Why would they release this information LOL?

  28. donna538

    August 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

    But didn’t all the terrorists from 9-11 start their trips from small airports?

  29. note2001

    August 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

    So what tiny airports out there have a TSA? We must be talking island hoppers.

  30. KRSW

    August 9, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    By my calculations, that means there’s just ~290 more airports the TSA needs to leave. This is a great start!

    Their own tests show their screeners fail 90+% of the time. I feel much LESS safe with the TSA in place than I do the pre-9/11 security guards who were friendly and efficient. Perhaps the employees are salvageable, but with the current rules, they’re forced to act like Don Quixote chasing windmills.

  31. southpac

    August 9, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Rex(Regional Express) is Australias largest regional airline & fly to many “one horse towns”

    route map is here

    They only fly Saab 340s(34 seats) & have just over 50 of them.

    They fly to some very small airports & if security was required the costs would be enormous per passenger (sometimes 1 flight a day, but Australia has very high rates of pay & there would be a minimum of 4 hours work required, So 4 hours x 4 people would probably cost AUD$50/hour x 4 x 4 = AUD$800 (around USD$592). Assuming average load factor of 50% that adds USD$35 to every passenger airfare, which would not be viable.

    When they fly into big ports like BNE, SYD, MEL, ADL or PER all their passengers go thru security. When they fly to an airport where they are the only airline, security is not required.

  32. c1ue

    August 10, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Small planes can’t do a lot of damage.
    More importantly, putting in decent cockpit doors and heightened passenger awareness post 9/11 – it isn’t clear to me at all that airport screenings are a net economic or social benefit.
    Every traveler going through an airport is spending multiple hours every trip due to the screening process. The productivity lost is enormous even disregarding the TSA budget – which is $7.6 BILLION.
    Statista says there were 822 million passengers in the US in 2016.
    If we assume 2 hours per passenger spend wasted in various security getups, this equals 1.6 billion hours wasted, or the equivalent of 822,000 full time (2000 hour/year) jobs spent standing in line.
    Even if the job equivalent is at $50K – this is $41 trillion of wasted time.
    Using 1 hour and $25K jobs, the wastage is still over $10 trillion.
    The mission of the terrorist is the cause panic, fear and subsequent waste way out of proportion to the effort expended.
    Mission accomplished.


    August 14, 2018 at 5:57 am

    TSA does not make me feel safer at airports. Someone who is determined to do something bad will somehow figure out how to do it. I agree with this very smart move.

  34. ckfred

    August 16, 2018 at 9:31 am

    On the one hand, a small airport with a handful of Q400s and Embrear 145s flying 45 minute hops to a hub airport don’t have to worry about terrorists taking over a plane and commiting a significant act of terrorism. The problem is that terrorists could then connect to a flight bound for Europe or Asia. Remember that some of the terrorists flying out of Boston on 9/11 started their travel at Portland, Maine and connected at Logan.

    Personally, I think a security service, such as Pinkerton’s, working with the TSA, could devise faster and more effective security screening.

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