Sacramento International Airport Dropping TSA

Sacramento International Airport has been approved to replace TSA agents with private contractors. Airport officials made the request in April after Congress expanded an opt-out clause in the federal law that created the TSA.

Airport Director Hardy Acree said he believes private screeners can do a more efficient job than government employees and provide the same level of security. “I think there is going to be a higher level of customer service”, Acree said.

Current only San Francisco, Kansas City and 14 smaller airports currently use private security employees. Sacramento International Airport would be the third largest airport to move to private security.

According to federal law, private contract screeners are trained by the TSA, they follow TSA procedures, use TSA equipment, and display TSA badges. There are even TSA supervisors that oversee operations. The private company is paid by the TSA.

Even with all this TSA involvement the TSA employee union, American Federation of Government Employees, was quick to criticize the move. The move would reduce costs and increase efficiency, but union president James Mudrock said they will “continue to fight this”.

One traveler that regularly uses SFO said “It’s been awesome in San Francisco. They get travelers through faster, they do a better job finding test devices, and the moral is better than the TSA. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

10 Responses to Sacramento International Airport Dropping TSA

  1. The morale is not better! Just what are you looking at? And, how do you know that they do a better job at finding test devices? Your statement seems very suspect; are you an employee of the private company at SFO?

    • Horace you may want to read the story again. The comment was made by a traveler that regularly uses SFO, not the reporter.

      • Thank you Matt!

        Horace, as far as I’m concerned, anyone with a TSA logo should also have swastika tattooed on their forehead like Manson. If you are that paranoid, maybe you should give up your US citizenship and move out. This is the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not the land of the coward and home of the slave.

        Or maybe you are sad TSA agent who just lost his right to grope children at the Sacramento International Airport.

        Furthermore, James Mudrock said they will “continue to fight this”. Well James, when and where. You are a disgusting piece of filth to embrace such tyranny, and I hope you rot from the inside as your family realizes you are no better than a Nazi. You want a “fight”, well then join the Army; and leave us American citizens to our rights of self-determination.

        Director Hardy, if you run for Governor, you got my vote!
        Thank you for being a true American.

  2. COWTOWN SACTO actually growing a pair and throwing out the TSA? GOVERNMENT COWTOWN SACTO!? Be still my heart!

  3. A huge step in the right direction. The TSA is now a 60,000 employee disaster. While privitazation won’t end the nude body scanners and molestation, private contractors are subject to significantly more legal liability than government workers.

  4. This is a very small step in the right direction. It’s nice to see government terrorists being replaced. What’s unfortunate is that the new “private” terrorists will get their groping orders from the same scumbags that the government terrorists get theirs currently.

    Americans should take back their airports from the 60,000 scumbags currently on the public dole and tell the airlines to provide their own security.

    Afraid to fly if the airlines provide their own security? Stay home, you disgusting coward.

  5. According to the latest news reports, SFO is the most dangerous airport in the country. Their security for profit has resulted in hundreds of breaches on a daily basis!
    This was reported by the private contractors that SFO employs. Apparently, their morale is horrible as well. From a personal standpoint, I fly, (I’ll be avoiding now) SFO all the time, their screeners always seemed sloppy and rude compared to other airports. I had no idea that they were some sort of security for profit experiment. As my teenager says? SFO security for profit over safety is an epic fail. Somebody better get Sac to hold back their plans.
    Ill be flying out of San Jose and Oakland as much as
    possible now. If I have to fly out of SFO, I’ll make sure
    my life insurance is paid.

  6. I searched “the latest news reports” Business Traveler (AKA: Union Representative), not a thing about SAC being unsafe from any reputable source!

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