Private company to take over security screening at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

Come Feb. 1, a private company will screen passengers and baggage at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

Trinity Technology Group Inc., of Manassas, Va., will start Feb. 1 and become fully operational April 1, taking over the duties of Transportation Security Administration agents, said Jean Barnes, assistant federal security director at SRQ. Barnes will continue to oversee the company’s compliance and contract performance.

TSA announced in November that it awarded Trinity a contract valued up to $21.1 million if it exercises all options of the 60-month contract, which began Dec. 1, 2014.

The private contractors performing security screening services are part of a Screening Partnership Program developed as a pilot program in 2001 under the Aviation Transportation Security Act that allowed private contractors to perform TSA screening operations at five airports.

Twenty airports in the United States. participate in the program, including Key West International, which Trinity also services.

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