SRQ approved to hire private security company

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SARASOTA - The TSA's role could change soon at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. SRQ has been approved to hire a private firm to conduct security screenings at the airport.

Currently, TSA handles that. However, soon it will be the TSA's responsibility to monitor the work performed by the private company.

Airport officials say hiring a new company will provide better customer service.

Passengers we spoke to say they look forward to the changes.

“I think it’s going to help it. I think it’s great they’re trying something a little new, and I welcome it,” said traveler Jay Holden.

“I’m hoping it’s for the better. I hope they keep most of what’s in place in place, and then add more as needed,” said traveler Janet Stanley.

it could take more than a year before the private firm is hired. Recently, Orlando-Sanford Airport was approved for the change as well.