Transportation Security Administration administrator David Pekoske has rebutted reports the agency planned to eliminate passenger screening at up to 150 smaller airports across the nation.
Pekoske’s response made it clear screening of passengers would continue at all airports but acknowledged that the measure to cut out TSA checks was at least discussed.
“TSA will not be eliminating passenger screening at any federalized U.S. airport as suggested in recent media reports,” Pekoske said.
“Reporting on pre-decisional budget exercises is misleading as it doesn’t reflect the entire process, and certainly doesn’t take into account the dedicated TSA professionals who work tirelessly to assess impact, risk, and feasibility of different scenarios,” Pekoske told The Hill.
A CNN report last week said a proposal to end TSA pre-departure screening at airports that are served by smaller planes with 60 seats or less was up for discussion.
According to the report it would have impacted about 150 airports.
Passenger screening would instead have taken place on arrival at larger airports.
The plan would have saved up to $115 million annually from the TSA budget.
The idea was mostly condemned as irresponsible by passengers and aviation security experts.