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04/19/05

Airport Passengers Rate TSA Screeners' Performance

The quality of screening at airports is no better now than before the September 11 attacks. That's according to a U.S. House member who says he's seen the content of two government reports on the performance of Transportation Security Administration screeners that will soon be released.

We checked in with passengers at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to see how they rate TSA screeners there. Father Joseph Uko was among thousands who stood in line for security screening at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Monday afternoon. He had nothing but praise for these TSA screeners.

"I think the people here are doing their very best, taking into account the number of people traveling in and out. I think they're doing a good job," Father Uko said. 

The TSA screeners are no strangers to Hattiesburg resident David Butler. He passes through the airport about once a month.

"I think overall they do a fairly good job here, especially with all the equipment they have to learn and get trained on, but anywhere there's always room for improvement," Butler said.

Business has taken passenger Thomas Donaldson through airports across the nation.

"For size and volume, I think Gulfport does an excellent job...In fact, this is the only airport that I've gone through the puffer, which I'm told really substitutes for additional security. You don't have to take off your shoes, and that's a great relief," Donaldson said.

And even though two upcoming government reports say the quality of screening at airports is no better now than it was before the September 11 attacks, Donaldson has no reservations when it comes to flying these days.

"Do I feel safer? You bet. Is it incovenenience as compared to pre-911? Sure. But as I mentioned, it's a different world. We're never going to go back, Donaldson said.

by Toni Miles

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