CMHSRQ From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 985 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
Both CO and DL were selling tickets and planned on starting service next month. However, the TSA said no we can't provide any screeners so you can't have any service. I would travel to MTH to avoid the mess at MIA and FLL. Plus the turnpike and traffic that goes with it. It would knock about 2 hours of driving off my trips to Layton. What's even crazier is the TSA worked with the airport and govt for the small community grant that was issued to re-start services.
As you are already aware, TSA has made a decision not to provide federalized screening at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH) due to limited resources. Should TSA’s decision stand, the Florida Keys community will lose $43.7 million in projected revenue to our local economy. However, a sound resolution to the issue has been presented, and with your support, we can realize our dream of regional air service at (MTH).
Our Congressional Delegation and Chairman Mica have made a proposal to TSA staff, and we would urge your support of this plan. The proposal calls for using of the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) instead of TSA federal screeners at both MTH and our other facility, the Key West International Airport (EYW). In so doing, we believe the screening functions of both MTH and EYW can be combined at a cost equal or lower to the current EYW expense.