TSA deciding whether to remove security screening at smaller airports

Raleigh County

For some local air travelers, including Steve Sturgill, nothing beats flying out close to home.

“I’m not too concerned here in Beckley,” said Sturgill. “I’m from here and it’s a small airport.”

A nationwide decision on its security could put passengers on alert.  As of August 2, 2018, a new report said the Transportation Security Administration is looking to possibly end screening at around 150 nationwide airports operating flights with less than 60 seats.

“I don’t fly very often,” Sturgill said.  “But when I do… I’d like to know it’s as safe as possible.”

If the TSA decides to move forward with it, Raleigh County Memorial Airport and other small airports might be seeing those changes, which could force travelers to settle for larger hubs further away.

“I would definitely consider it,” Sturgill said.

In a statement, the TSA said a decision “would not take place without a risk assessment to ensure the security of the aviation system,” citing they are “always asked to discuss potential operational efficiencies… as part of the federal budget process.”

“I just hope they wouldn’t sacrifice general safety for saving some money.”

Yeager Airport in Charleston will not be affected if the change occurs.

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