Private screening contract awarded for Gallup Municipal Airport and Roswell Industrial Air Center

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National Press Release
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of FirstLine Transportation Security, Inc., of Eastlake, Ohio, as the private screening contractor for the Gallup Municipal Airport and the Roswell Industrial Air Center under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

"FirstLine has been providing excellent support to TSA at the Kansas City (Mo.) International Airport," said George Andler, TSA federal security director for Albuquerque International Sunport, as well as for Gallup and Roswell. "We look forward to that same great support here in New Mexico."

The Gallup and Roswell airports applied to the SPP program last spring. This competitively awarded contract is for security screening services for both the passenger checkpoint and checked baggage operations. The total contract award value, including options, is approximately $1,281,026. The period of performance is one year, from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008. Under SPP, the federal security director at Albuquerque International will remain responsible for overseeing TSA security standards and contractor performance at Gallup and Roswell.

SPP is designed to meet the requirement for the "opt-out" program established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) of 2001. Beginning in 2002, ATSA required TSA to conduct a SPP pilot program at five airports (known as the "PP5"). When the pilot program ended in November 2004, airport operators with federal screening services could apply to SPP.

To date, the original PP5 airports [San Francisco International; Kansas City International; Greater Rochester (N.Y.) International; Jackson Hole (Wyo.); and Tupelo (Miss.) Regional] are participating in SPP. In addition, Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., Key West (Fla.) International Airport, and the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County (Calif.) Airport have transitioned to SPP. TSA also signed a three-party contract with US Helicopter Corporation and McNeil Security, Inc., under SPP, that established screening operations to support airport shuttle services at the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.

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