Montana Standard: Airport may use private screeners Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport is one step closer to using a private company, not the TSA, to screen passengers. On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration ruled that the airport, along with Gallatin Airport Authority in Bozeman, could participate in the “screening partnership program” as long as a qualified company is in place to do the work.“It’s a good deal,” airport director Pat Shea told The Montana Standard. “We’re excited about it.”Bert Mooney had twice previously attempted to join the program, but was denied each time. The third request, however, proved to be the charm. Shea thinks it will help improve the travel experience for local fliers. “Privatization has proven to be more efficient, to have better customer service,” he said.