By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Regional airports and some local officials are joining the swelling protest against more intrusive "pat-down" screening measures at airport security checkpoints, eyeing new laws against so-called "naked X-ray" machines and perhaps even opting out of the Transportation Security Administration screening altogether.
In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether.
"I have had some very unpleasant experiences" with TSA screeners "just from an attitude point of view," he said, adding that the profit motive would ensure better performance and more positive treatment of passengers.
"We believe in private enterprise; that's what this country was built on," said Larry Dale, president of Sanford Airport Authority in Orlando, Fla., which recently joined 16 other airports that are not participating in the TSA program.