TSA marks six months of airport security operations at capped level of 45,000 screeners

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National Press Release
Tuesday, May 4, 2004

WASHINGTON - The TSA today released the revised allocation of federal screener resources to the nation's commercial airports. Unlike the rightsizing of last year, today's announcement reflects modest adjustments to a workforce that has already functioned for the last six months at the congressionally mandated cap of 45,000 full-time equivalents. No layoffs are anticipated as any reductions can be achieved through normal attrition.

Screener levels at individual airports were determined using a methodology that TSA has been refining for more than a year. The approach calls upon modeling capabilities and actual operational experience. Items of consideration include forecasted air travel, hours of operation, baggage screening areas, checkpoint lanes, types of equipment and screener Standard Operating Procedures.

Federal security directors (FSDs) were also actively involved in the development of this reallocation plan. As a result, TSA was able to shape each airport's staffing level based on direct FSD input on their work force needs.

TSA will regularly monitor numbers of passengers and bags and will partner with the airlines and airports to stay abreast of any changes in numbers of flights or plans for physical reconfigurations that could affect screening operations. In such instances, we will continue to work with our airport partners and make appropriate adjustments to the staffing levels.