By Keith Laing
On Friday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica will once again take the Transportation Security Administration to task.
Mica (R-Fla.) will hold a press conference to discuss a new report he says shows the TSA cost estimates for private airport screeners are off-base, his office said.
TSA has contended that its federal screeners are more cost-effective than bringing in private companies for airport security checkpoints. The law that created the TSA after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which Mica helped write, allows airports to "opt out" of TSA screenings. However, TSA stopped several airports from opting out this year, saying it would cost more than having government screeners.
Mica frequently contends TSA has grown too large and is unaccountable to lawmakers. He will discuss his report at 11:45 in the Rayburn House Office Building.