TSA staying at BTR

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 4:19pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (WGMB) - The TSA is staying at the Baton Rouge Airport. I's a decision that could save the passengers, and the airport millions.

The over 80 agents, along with security equipment cost the TSA over $8.5 million. Concerns over new screening procedures had one commissioner asking about privatizing airport security. Booting the TSA from BTR would force the airport to pick up the tab. That increase in cost would show up in the price passengers pay for tickets.

Even if the TSA left, they'd still oversee security. That means pat downs and body scanners no matter who's in charge.

Body scanners are set to arrive at the Baton Rouge Airport sometime next year.

Less than two dozen airports nationwide have switched to privatized security contracters.


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