Overlooked in the shuffle of the Boston bombings, a bit of pushback & some lies from the pro-union crowd ... The cost (< TSA) is supposed to be set when the contracts are bid, so this seems mostly B.. and certainly no worse than relying on Thousands Standing Arounds endemic morons. Y'all Politics: Thompson Introduces Bill to Reform TSA’s Contract Screener Program (Apr 15 2013) Based on data provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), over the last five years it has cost American taxpayers an additional $75 million to maintain contract screeners in the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) over what it would have cost to provide security through TSA. Further, TSA has reported that numerous security breaches, including contract screeners not detecting prohibited items and improperly clearing passengers, regularly occur at SPP airports. There have been documented cases where contract screener personnel mishandled sensitive security information and at least one instance where a private security company thwarted covert testing of contract screeners by tracking testers throughout the airport and alerting screening personnel.