LOS ANGELES (CBS/KNX) — Taxpayers could save $39 million if LAX replaced its federal security screeners with a private force, according to a recent report by the House Transportation Committee.
House Transportation Committee chairman John Mica says the plan would see the private screeners work under federal supervision. A decision is expected soon after Mayor Villaraigosa’s “Blue Ribbon” panel examining safety protocols at LAX releases its study later this month.
Private screeners are currently used at some U.S. airports, including San Francisco International.
The Transportation Safety Administration is against the plan and says private screeners would actually cost more on average.