The Latest: Phoenix airport may pick contractor over TSA

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Posted: May 13, 2016 6:25 PM
The Latest: Phoenix airport may pick contractor over TSA

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on problems with the baggage-screening system at Phoenix's airport (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Phoenix officials are weighing whether to use a private contractor to handle security at the city's busiest airport in the wake of a breakdown of a TSA baggage-screening system.

City Assistant Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher said Friday that the computer glitch that caused more than 3,000 checked bags to miss flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the latest in a growing list of frustrations with the federal agency.

In a statement, Ostreicher cited long wait times as another factor and called the current level of service from the Transportation Security Administration "unacceptable."

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez declined to comment.

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11:15 a.m.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says a network switch failure led to the breakdown of the baggage-screening system at the Phoenix airport.

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said Friday that the failure caused the software system that scans for explosives to go into a continual reboot cycle.

The screening system's technical problems at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport caused more than 3,000 checked bags to miss their flights Thursday.

Neffenger was speaking to media in Washington, D.C., in the wake of backlash over long lines at airports across the U.S.

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7:55 a.m.

The TSA says it is screening checked bags normally again at the Phoenix airport after fixing a computer problem and testing the system overnight.

The technical problems caused more than 3,000 checked bags to miss their flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday. At least one airline chose to send bags to other airports for screening.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez says it's "not clear at this time what the problem was" with the screening system and that testing is continuing Friday.

Melendez says bags that were delayed a day earlier have since been screened and are heading to passengers.

The agency says the problems only affected Sky Harbor.