TSA Considers Removing Screening from More than 150 Small Airports


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Since 9/11, Americans have gotten used to going through security checks at airports. TSA has become a well-known acronym. Now, the Transportation Security Administration is considering dropping check points at smaller airports.

Imagine going through an airport without a TSA passenger screening. 

“I’d feel very uncomfortable,” said Hall Grant, Panama City Resident. 

Grant flew from Panama City to Dallas on Thursday to visit his granddaughters. Grant said he’s a frequent flyer and appreciates TSA security checks. 

“It makes me feel more comfortable getting about that airplane, especially in today world, there’s been a lot of security breaches,” said Grant. 

CNN News obtained internal documents that show a consideration to eliminate screening at some small and medium airports. Going through airport security may take a bit of time, but for many, that time spent in line is worth it.

“There’s things that people have gotten into and what this worlds gotten into i think it’s really important,” said Sheyann Houston, Panama City Beach visitor. 

Others said the consideration wouldn’t affect their flight plans.

“I would say smaller airports really don’t need to, it’s kind of a waste of time,” said Allen Elliott.

News 13 reached out to the local Northwest Florida beaches international airport and although they had no comment, they shared with us a message provided by TSA. TSA stated every year as part of the federal budget process, TSA is asked to discuss potential operation efficiencies- this year is no different.

TSA said matters being discussed would not take place without a risk assessment to ensure security…and that no final decision has been made. Some regular passengers like Grant said if a change like this were to happen, he would think twice about using a smaller airport like ECP.

“People might be traveling by automobile to a larger airport where there is more,” said Grant. 

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