Airports that have Opted Out of using TSA

These are the airports that have “opted out” of the use of the TSA for airport screening:

  • San Francisco International (SFO), CA – 1183 aircraft operations/day
  • Greater Rochester International (ROC), NY – 377 aircraft operations/day
  • Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), CA – 350 aircraft operations/day
  • Kansas City International (MCI), Missouri – 346 aircraft operations/day
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International (BZN), Montana – 221 aircraft operations/day
  • Joe Foss Field (FSD), Souix Falls, SD – 185 aircraft operations/day
  • Key West International Airport (EYW), Florida – 171 aircraft operations/day
  • Glacier Park International (GPI), Montana – 142 aircraft operations/day
  • Tupelo Regional (TUP), Mississippi – 139 aircraft operations/day
  • Roswell International Air Center (ROW), NM – 121 aircraft operations/day
  • Jackson Hole (JAC), Wyoming – 85 aircraft operations/day
  • Wokal Field (GGW), Montana – 82 aircraft operations/day
  • Bert Mooney (BTM), Montana – 65 aircraft operations/day
  • Yellowstone (WYS), Montana – 30 aircraft operations/day
  • Havre City County Airport (HVR), Montana – 22 aircraft operations/day
  • Sidney Richland Regional (SDY), Montana – 19 aircraft operations/day
  • Dawson Community Airport (GDV), Montana – 16 aircraft operations/day
  • L.M. Clayton Airport (OLF), Montana – 16 aircraft operations/day

Most of the primary airports in Montana have opted out, Montana airports represent half of this list.

Here’s a definition of the process, from Blogger Blob of the TSA Blog Team…

Any commercial airport can apply to TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP), which has been around since the inception of TSA. After approval from TSA and a competitive bidding process, SPP allows airports to transition to private screeners while maintaining TSA oversight and the corresponding increased level of security implemented since 9/11.

So… if an airport applies and is accepted into the SPP program, they receive the same screening from a private company instead of TSA officers. That’s the only difference. All commercial airports are regulated by TSA whether the actual screening is performed by TSA or private companies. So TSA’s policies – including advanced imaging technology and pat downs – are in place at all domestic airports.


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