With all of the attention on the Transportation Security Administration over the holiday weekend, Dallas/Fort Worth airport chief executive Jeff Fegan weighed in on the move for airports to use private contractors instead of the TSA for airport security.
"We get fantastic support from the TSA at our airport," Fegan said, adding that the airport staff has not made any decision about using private contractors for security. "The TSA here at D/FW was selected as the No. 1 TSA operation in the country."
Fegan pointed out to airport board members that there are two mid-sized airports - San Francisco and Kansas City - that currently use private contractors and those airports say they feel there is no real reduction in safety.
With consumer outrage over body scanners and TSA's pat-down procedures, Fegan said there will be some efforts to encourage airports to consider private security and that Congress may look for ways to shrink government's role in airport security.
D/FW was one of several airports to receive a letter from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) asking that the airports use private security firms instead. Mica is expected to lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the new Congress begins in January and he has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from executives connected to private security contractors.
Fegan says the TSA's efficiency here at D/FW has helped keep security lines short at the airport, adding that the airport has a good working relationship with the local TSA office.