A week after the tragic shooting that killed a Transportation Security Administration employee, the agency and officials of the nation's airports are embroiled in a dispute over the TSA's decision to stop staffing exit lanes at airport security checkpoints.
In April, the TSA ordered airports to take over monitoring the exit lanes in early 2014, saying the agency does not consider this area part of its screening function.
Transferring that task to airports would allow the agency "to focus on the priority of screening passengers and baggage" and cut $88.1 million a year from its budget, TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said.
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However, the idea doesn't sit well with many airport authorities and industry trade groups who charge the agency with shirking duties, breaking laws, ignoring input and rushing in a plan that will add millions of dollars to airport operating budgets.