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Phoenix airport mulling use of contractor instead of TSA

Phoenix's busiest airport could cut ties with the TSA in the wake of a baggage-screening system breakdown that caused travelers a massive luggage delay, city officials said Friday.

Deborah Ostreicher, the city's assistant aviation director, said Thursday's chaos at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was the latest in a growing list of frustrations with the Transportation Security Administration.

She also cited long wait times and a lack of a TSA PreCheck process. That allows passengers who are approved to pass through screening more quickly, without having to take off shoes, belts or jackets or remove laptops and liquids from carry-on bags.

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