City Council Petitions TSA's Transfer of Responsibilities 10/22/13
CBS 7 News
October 22, 2013
The Transportation Security Administration is looking at saving about 88 million dollars a year but the cutback comes at a big price for local governments.
Saving millions of dollars may sound like a good deal, but TSAís cutbacks could mean the Midland City Council would have to shell out big bucks to fill the void and it could eventually impact ticket prices.
We are all familiar with the TSA's presence in airports, checking bags and people at the terminal check points.
Now the TSA wishes to eliminate personnel at exit lanes so that they can focus on screening passengers.
But if the TSA is not providing exit lane security, it falls upon the local government.
"Itís a bad decision is the bottom line because they're trying to make us pay for stuff that they're actually getting paid for," says Mayor Wes Perry.
Currently, airlines pay TSA a fee to perform those security functions.
"As well as their continuing to collect the fee that they get from airline for providing exit lane monitoring and then give us the responsibility and cost of doing it without reimbursement," says Director of Airports Marvin Esterly.
But Mayor Perry and the City Council are filing a petition to prevent those changes.
"It could affect us 200 to 300 thousand dollars," says Mayor Perry
Both Esterly and Mayor Perry believe that paying for personnel and technology at the exit lanes is a misuse of taxpayer money and it could affect travelers in the near future.
Right now the TSA wants airports to take over those exit lane security positions by the first of January, but the City Council is hopeful that they can fight this change.