Tampa Bay Business Journal
By Mark Holan
Tampa-based SecurityPoint Media is on the verge of adding Tampa International to its growing roster of airports.
The company provides equipment and setup for security checkpoints at no cost to the Transportation Security Administration in exchange for selling advertising on the plastic bins travelers use at checkpoints.
SecurityPoint has deals with more than 30 airports and likely will add TIA on Thursday.
SecurityPoint Media was the only firm that responded to the airport's January request to provide such services. Airport Chief Executive Officer Joe Lopano is recommending the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board approve a three-year deal with two, one-year options.
Perhaps reflecting that confidence, SecurityPoint's website on Wednesday already showed TIA as a client. Company officials could not be reached to clarify.
Advertising clients range from Amazon.com to Zappos.com, and also include Sony, Honda, Sketchers Footwear, Microsoft, Kraft and Rolodex, according to the company website.
If approved, the airport would get about $100,000 in revenue over the first three years of the contract.
SecurityPoint started in St. Petersburg shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The company moved to 5550 W. Executive Drive in Tampa late last year.
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