WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - A new report highlights incidents of misconduct by Transportation Security Adminisrattion employees. }}" />

   
 
 
TSA Misconduct Allegations On The Rise

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 8/1/2013 A new report highlights incidents of misconduct by Transportation Security Adminisrattion employees. As Rene Marsh reports, hundreds of airport security workers are accused of bad behavior around passengers. The list includes everything from forgery, sexual misconduct, to physical fighting and using abusive language. "There's not even a way to properly report some of the offenses, so this may be just the tip of the iceberg of some of the offenses," says Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida. It's the agency some flyers love to hate, posting their pat downs/ But now, the criticism from the government, not for pat down procedures, but for incidents like this. TSA Screener Supevisor Michal Arato admitted accepting bribes and kickbacks from a co-worker who stole money from passengers at checkpoints at New Jersey's Newark Airport. And, at New York's JFK Airport, TSA employee Persad Coumar pled guilty to stealing $40,000 from a checked bag. The new report also notes, in a three-year span, more than 9,000 cases of TSA misconduct were documented. Some 56 screeners were involved in thefts. More than 1,900 incidents that could hurt security, like sleeping on duty and allowing family and friends to bypass security. The union representing screeners says the numbers suggest the majority of screeners are doing a great job. "If you look at a population the size of a small city, 56,000 people in this work force and the numbers then on an annual basis are then really small," says David Borer, general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees. Congressman John Mica, a longtime critic of the TSA, called for the audit. "Why are there so many cases and then what is TSA doing about that? asked Mica. "The report says they can't really get a handle on it. That raises a lot of issues." The government is calling on the agency to improve how they monitor allegations of TSA misconduct and how they follow up after investigating. The TSA told CNN, in part, they are, quote, "already working to implement" the recommendations.
   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 Friendly House annual Coats for Kids giveaway will be held Nov. 8. Full Story
Image1 Mansfield local Betty Dunn holds a watch party for her appearance on HGTV's Buying and Selling. Full Story
 
Image1 A chilly fall evening was the perfect backdrop for the City of Mansfield's Halloween Parade. Full Story
Image1 Members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Chris Collins, 23, hiding in a residence in Mansfield, Wednesday morning. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Task Force arrests fugitive wanted for rape

Crawford County Hiring Fair Draws Job-Seekers

Judge Candidate Phil Naumoff Speaks To Local Democrats

Tree Cut Down, Damaging Headstones At Historical Cemetery

Lexington Teachers And Supporters are Linked in Solidarity

Jack Hanna's show coming to the Renaissance

Big Red Bookshelf Book Fair coming to Ontario

Possible Armed Standoff And Bomb Threat Happen In Butler

Halloween parade postponed

North Central State College Nursing Students Health Fair

Congressman Tiberi Visits Agency On Aging

Election day luncheon delivers

Spaghetti Bowl Raises Money,Excitement for Mansfield Rivalry

More News