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What recourse does an airport authority have if TSA denies the application?

As stipulated by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, if an application is denied, TSA must inform the airport operator within 60 days, “… (i) the findings that served as the basis for the denial; (ii) the results of any cost or security analysis conducted in considering the application; and (iii) recommendations on how the airport operator can address the reasons for the denial.”

If the procurement process does not result in a contract with a qualified private screening company, the airport’s application is considered approved indefinitely until it is withdrawn by the airport authority.