The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially announced that it will not be cutting airport screening at smaller airports in the future. The agency wanted to make an official announcement after a recent news report stated that the agency was considering these cuts. The outrage by the public, the airline industry and Congress stemming from this report was astounding and it forced the TSA to clarify its intentions.
The representative for the TSA stated that there were absolutely no intentions of cutting airport security at any airport that was currently being serviced by the TSA. The agency further shared that the information that was leaked from the agency was done so with political intentions.
The TSA does not deny that these cuts were mentioned in a budget proposal. However, the way that the information was reported was inaccurate. The proposal stated that if the budget was cut, the TSA would have to start making cuts to security screenings which would begin at the smaller airports before working its way up from there. It was a worst-case scenario only.
The TSA further stated that it understands the importance of keeping airports safe for everyone regardless of their size. The agency stated that all current security measures will remain in place. It further revealed that the current administration has taken additional steps to increase airport security in the U.S. and around the world by investing into high-tech scanning equipment and enhanced officer training.
This is not the first time the TSA has had to come out and explain some of its office memos. In 2013, for instance, a TSA memo suggesting that small pocket knives be allowed on airplanes again was released to the public and met with the same type of outrage. The TSA also had to retract that memo and assure the public that they would not allow any type of knives on board a plane.