About Airport Security Jobs
Airport security jobs is the short and common name for airport security screener jobs in the U.S., more correctly called transportation security screener jobs. But this article sticks with airport security jobs, because it's the common name.
Hiring for employment in airport security jobs was exclusively by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), ever since the Feds took over after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. However, on November 19, 2004, the TSA started accepting applications from private screening companies under its Screening Partnership Program (SSP), also referred to as the Private Security Screening Program or just Opt-Out for short. If accepted into the Program, private screening companies will have hiring authority for employment in airport security jobs, per contracts with the TSA. Airports may "opt out" of the TSA placing airport security screeners, to allow qualified, private screening companies to place them.
The TSA developed the Program in accordance with the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA). The Act requires private screening companies to provide compensation and other benefits to workers whom they hire for airport security jobs, that are no less than those of Federal workers whom the TSA hires for same.