"TSA needs to focus on going after terrorists — not little old ladies, veterans and children,” Mica continued.
A program allowing airports to opt out of federal security screening was included in the $59 billion authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration that was approved earlier this year. The program calls for the contractors offering to provide security at airports that are normally served by TSA to prove they can offer services at a cheaper rate and still comply with the controversial agency's standards.
Earlier this year, TSA allowed a seasonal airport in West Yellowstone, Mont., to participate in its private security program, known as the Screening Partnership Program.
The agency originally rejected SPP applications for both Orlando's Sanford and West Yellowstone's airports, but both facilities successfully reapplied.