The chief of the Transport Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed to USA Today that it is officially scrapping the idea of removing security screening at smaller airports in the US.
In an interview with the US broadcaster, David Pekoske, stated that “we looked at [scrapping security] and decided that was not an issue worth pursuing. Off the table”.
The head of the TSA noted that moving forward with the idea would have caused more potential risks than benefits. It was floated in the first place in order to save the TSA millions a year.
The TSA did mentioned that it annually reviews security around the US and the idea to remove security screening at smaller airports, around 150, was only something discussed – no serious plans were in motion.