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TSA Misconduct Allegations On The Rise

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  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.
   
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