TSA Backs Away From Eliminating Security Screening at Small Airports

Aug 8, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency has nixed the much-criticized idea of getting rid of security checkpoints at smaller airports in the US, saying it was always just a hypothetical situation.

In a statement on Tuesday and a meeting with the USA Today editorial board Wednesday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said that the idea of doing away with security screening for airports that served planes of 60 passengers or fewer was just a thought exercise the agency played with to come up with ways to make the organization’s budget healthier.

“We’re not doing that. Real simple,” Pekoske told USA Today. “We looked at that and decided that was not an issue worth pursuing. Off the table.”

Doing away with the TSA checkpoints at as many as 150 smaller airports would have saved $115 million annually and freed up as many as 1,300 screeners to work at bigger airports. And security screenings are already a foreign concept at airports in Alaska.

But the notion was swiftly lambasted by politicians, airline workers and passengers, who worried that it was sacrificing security for the bottom line.

Ultimately, the cons outweighed the pros, Pekoske said.

“Part of what any federal agency does over the course of a given year is we look at gaps we need to cover, because our budget process is moving, and where can we find efficiencies,” Pekoske told USA Today. “We looked at it and said the benefits that it would present are not worth the risks it would introduce and we just decided not to pursue.”

Featured image by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.