Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have decided not to accept a new federal option to use private security screeners at LAX.

The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agency announced this week that the agency will allow airports the option of using security screeners employed by private companies that meet certain standards rather than use a federal work force to screen all passengers and baggage.

The TSA announced the change Tuesday, November 16th. TSA assumed responsibility for aviation security in February 2002 following terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said the airport would not choose to use privately employed security screeners.

Castles said the airport would like to continue using TSA screeners.

Friday, November 19th, is the first day that airports can use private security screeners.

Private screeners and companies will have to maintain TSA standards and the TSA will still provide government oversight.

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