• Florida's congressional representatives disagree on need for TSA


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Some members of Congress say private companies could do a better job screening airline passengers than the Transportation Safety Administration.
    But U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said that she's not one of them.
    She said that there hasn't been a major incident since 9/11, so the TSA and all of its screeners must be doing something right.
    Brown was in Orlando Friday and took a private tour of TSA operations at Orlando International Airport.
    "I just wanted to review TSA policies," she said.
    The TSA was established following the terror attacks of 9/11 to help strengthen transportation security in the U.S., but in recent years there has been a push to privatize the screening process at airports.
    U.S. Rep. John Mica has spearheaded the effort, calling the TSA large and inefficient; last week said a Government Accountability Office study backed him up.
    "The report said that private screening under federal supervision performed statistically, significantly better," said Mica.
    Even though airports have the choice, he says the TSA has delayed and even refused to allow some airports to switch.
    "I think it's ludicrous to even have this discussion," said Brown.
    The Greater Orlando Aviation Administration that overseas OIA has a committee looking at the issue.
    On Friday Brown told the GOAA officials she's afraid private companies could cut corners to save money and could jeopardize safety.
    It's an important issue, especially in a community that relies on tourism.
    "All you need is one incident and it could kill our economy," said Brown.
    Mica said he believes the TSA needs to get out of the process, and focus more on security standards and intelligence.
    He wants all airports to switch within the next two years.

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