EDISON - Dissatisfaction over security pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners have prompted some airports to consider ditching TSA agents completely.

New Jersey Sen. Mike Doherty is joining in on calls to stop the TSA's new screening procedures. He claims they are a violation of privacy and has started an online petition against them.

Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector. The push is being led by, Republican Rep. John Mica, a powerful Florida congressman who's a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration.

AP wire services contributed to this report.