Is this relationship an oddity, common, or something that TSA is working towards? From the Jamestown, NY, Post-Journal: New Security Provider: Ellicott Police Dept. To Handle Security At County Airport I always thought that airport owners (cities, counties, airport authorities) were totally responsible for law enforcement services. If they are under contract with TSA & TSA is paying them, it really changes the picture. By slowly buying their way into local law enforcement & airport administration, they can get their tentacles into & control everything.