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Screening Partnership Program

Merging Private-sector Expertise and Public-sector Know How

In accordance with the Aviation Transportation Security Act (ATSA) of 2001, TSA conducted a pilot program to evaluate the performance of a private contract screening workforce under federal oversight. The pilot was conducted from 2002 to 2004 with five airports. ATSA required contract screeners to meet all the requirements applicable to federally employed screeners.

At the conclusion of the pilot, TSA created the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). The five pilot airports transitioned to SPP. Currently, 11 additional airports are participating in the program, for a total of 16. TSA continues to accept applications from airports for participation in SPP.

Click here for a list of airports currently participating in SPP.

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Program Overview
Learn more about how the Screening Partnership Program works.



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Program Application
Learn how to become a part of this program.




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Announcements
Discover what's coming up and what new RFPs are out.




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Frequently Asked Questions
Get the facts on the Screening Partnership Program.

Latest revision: 17 January 2013