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Orlando Sanford airport allowed to use private security screeners

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM

ORLANDO — The Transportation Security Administration will allow Orlando Sanford International Airport to opt out of using only federal agents for security screening.

TSA made the announcement today, which will allow the airport to go forward with changing to private security operations under federal supervision. The agency previously denied Sanford's application.

The airport is expected to consider a pair of new screening models. In one, a private screening services operator is contracted by TSA. In another the airport itself would compete for the contract with TSA while retaining a private vendor to assist.

In both situations TSA would still be able to set standards, approve the private contractors and provide oversight.

Currently, only 16 of the nation's airports have opted out using only TSA agents, though others are said to be interested.

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