TSA is reportedly considering putting an end to passenger screenings at some airports


The Transportation Security Administration is reportedly considering putting an end to passenger screenings at about 150 small and medium-sized airports.

According to CNN, which cites “senior agency officials and internal documents,” as its sources, “passengers and luggage arriving from these smaller airports would be screened when they arrive at major airports for connecting flights instead of the current practice of joining the already screened population at the larger airport.”

The proposed measure is estimated to result in annual cost savings of about $115 million.

Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst for CNN, said it was “stunning that this is even seriously being considered,” and noted, “Al Qaeda and ISIS still regard aviation as a priority…They would see that as a way to inflict severe economic damage on the United States.”

The general public doesn’t seem very excited about the prospect, either.

One Twitter user commented: “As someone who is a frequent flier, this is a horrible idea. I much prefer to go through security at a smaller airport than the cattle call at the larger ones. Plus this says people who use smaller airports don’t deserve to be protected.”

“Makes total sense! What’s the worst that could happen?” another tweeter wrote.

Other tweets included, “You have to be absolutely kidding me. @TSA Unbelievable that I’m even reading this,” and, “Do you have a list? Wanna make sure I steer clear of such airports.”

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