Dozens of TSA suspensions, firings at Newark Liberty Airport

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I think the TSA is anover paid undertrained gang of thugs in ble who are a disgrace. well it seems finally someone in power thinks so

REPosted from a story on: Oct 19, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Updated: Oct 19, 2012 1:11 PM EDT

By MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF

 

MYFOXNY.COM -The Transportation Security Administration is proposing to fire 25 employees at Newark Liberty International Airport and to suspend 19 others as a result of an investigation into improper screening of checked luggage.

CONVICTED TSA SCREENER COMES CLEAN, SPEAKS TO GOOD DAY NEW YORK

The TSA says the alleged screening failures were uncovered last year after surveillance cameras were installed in a screening room to check for possible thefts.

Eight employees were immediately fired in June.

The latest action raises to 52 the number of TSA employees at Newark caught up in the investigation. It represents the biggest single disciplinary action taken by the TSA at a U.S. airport.

The TSA says the latest group cited includes both screeners and managers who are accused of failing to effectively supervise their employees.

Earlier this week, a former luggage screener at Newark Liberty Airport told FOX 5’s Good Day New York that the stealing of items from luggage was routine.

“I believe it is very wide spread.  I would screen the luggage through the X-ray, knew what I wanted, then I would take it… it was random. I took laptops, cameras, video games, watches…. Where we were behind the ticket counters there were no cameras,” Brown told Good Day New York.

Brown, who served 28 months in jail following his conviction in 2009, says the majority of screeners are good people. Low moral and low pay were some of the reasons why he says he stole from travelers.

“There was no good reason to do what I did… I made up a lot of excuses,” said Brown.

The Transportation Safety Administration issued this statement in response:

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards. TSA has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace and takes immediate action when allegations are substantiated.”

Last week, the Newark Star-Ledger obtained copies of an internal report regarding the pat-down of passengers. The report found screeners were properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers only 17 percent of the time.

The report also stated that proper action was taken on prohibited items in only 25 percent of all cases. 

The report — titled “Pace Airport Evaluation” and dated June 8 — also found that screener never informed passengers of their right to opt out of a full body scan in favor of a pat-down. 

Not all of the findings in the report were negative. The report also found that in numerous categories, including removing prohibited items found during physical searches and exhibiting good listening skills, screeners performed their duties properly 100 percent of the time.

The Pace report was compiled by undercover teams of Transportation Security Administration employees from other airports who witnessed the Newark Liberty Airport screeners at work over period of several months.

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