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Some Airports to Cut Passenger Screeners

Some airports will have fewer passenger screeners this spring now that the government agency that hired them last year begins shrinking its work force. As many as 3,000 screeners, or about one in 18, could lose their jobs. The head of the Transportation Security Administration, James Loy, told a House Appropriations subcommittee that he wants to reduce the number of screeners from 54,000 to 51,000, and that layoff notices could begin going out April 1. By October 2004, the government plans to have 48,000 screeners with reductions through attrition and other steps, an agency spokesman said later. Last year, lawmakers capped the TSA’s full-time screener positions at 45,000. Despite the cap, the agency hired 9,000 temporary employees, most on five-year contracts. Full Story

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