The Gazette: Security shift from TSA to airports could hit Eastern Iowa travelers: Travelers could end up paying higher fees under proposal (Aug 2 2013) A plan by the federal Transportation Security Administration to shift responsibility for some of the security at the nation’s airports could end up increasing air fares for travelers. The cost to The Eastern Iowa Airport would be $93,000 annually, said Tim Bradshaw, the airport’s director. ... The TSA has proposed shifting responsibility for exit lane security to local airport operators on Jan. 1, 2014, as part of its plan to cut its budget, in connection with the federal sequestration that requires a 10 percent across-the-board reduction. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal 2014 budget includes a reduction of 2,000 TSA positions and $88.1 million related to the exit lane transition to local control. ... “They’re doing this without going through the proper channels for a rule change. It really bothers me because we will have to pass this cost on to the airlines, and that will make its way back to the customer in the form of higher air fares. Meanwhile, at the next airport to the east ... Bruce Carter, director of aviation at the Quad City International Airport, also opposes the TSA decision. Carter estimates that taking over responsibility for exit lane security will cost the Moline, Ill., airport about $50,000 annually.