TSA fired 36 screeners for non-screening of bags


HONOLULU, Hawaii (eTN) – The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), according to a federal probe, said today it plans to fire more than 30 Honolulu International Airport employees in connection with an investigation of not properly screening passenger bags.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said the employees and supervisors were placed on administrative leave as of Friday, June 10, 2011. Only a small percentage of commercial flights departing Honolulu were affected by the improper screening.

A 6-month TSA investigation revealed some bags weren’t checked properly by one shift of screeners at the airport.

The agency announced in March this year that officers had been disciplined amid allegations bags weren’t checked.

The 36 employees were placed in non-security roles pending the outcome of the investigation, and the process of removing them has now started.