Legislation introduced by House Republicans last week would expand the use of private screeners at U.S. airports. Lawmakers sponsoring the bill say private screening companies are more effective than Transportation Security Administration screeners. "As long as security is not compromised, airport operators should have the flexibility of determining whether to employ all-federal screeners or private screeners," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Under the bill, the TSA would remain the primary authority for creating airport security regulations. The bill would require TSA to consider the applications of U.S. airports seeking to hire private screeners within 120 days of receiving the application.
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