US sur­vey finds 9,600 cases of se­cu­rity mis­con­duct


Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cers were cited for more than 9,600 cases of mis­con­duct from 2010 to 2012, ac­cord­ing to a new govern­ment re­port that shows agency em­ploy­ees of­ten re­ceived light pun­ish­ments for sneak­ing pro­hib­ited items past scan­ners or nap­ping on the job.

The re­port, re­leased by the Govern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice, found nearly 2,000 cases of screen­ers who were sleep­ing, not fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures or al­low­ing rel­a­tives to by­pass se­cu­rity check­points. More than 3,000 screen­ers showed up late, not at all or left the job with­out per­mis­sion, GAO re­ported.

In one in­stance of mis­con­duct, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer left a check­point to help a rel­a­tive check in and then came back with the fam­ily mem­ber’s bag and al­lowed it to go around se­cu­rity. A TSA su­per­vi­sor saw the mis­con­duct and in­sisted the bag be screened, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The bag con­tained “pro­hib­ited items” af­ter it was fi­nally screened. The re­port did not elab­o­rate on the na­ture of the items in the bag. The screener was even­tu­ally sus­pended for seven days.

The re­port also cited 56 cases of theft dur­ing the three-year span. In an un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion by ABC News in 2012, 10 iPads were left at air­port se­cu­rity check­points through­out the na­tion with a his­tory of theft. Nine out of ten were re­turned, but one TSA of­fi­cer, who was later fired, de­nied he stole an iPad when ABC News tracked the de­vice to his home in Or­lando.

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