25 TSA employees face firing and 19 suspension at Newark Liberty International Airport as a result of an investigation into improper screening of checked luggage according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The alleged screening failures at one of the New York area’s three major airports were uncovered late last year after surveillance cameras were installed in one of its 25 screening rooms to check for possible thefts, the TSA said.
All the screeners cited for failing to follow procedures were removed from their jobs in November and December and given non-screening duties pending completion of the investigation, the TSA said.
The TSA released the following statement:
“TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. Accountability is an important aspect of our work and TSA takes prompt and appropriate action with any employee who does not follow our procedures and engages in misconduct. The decision to take disciplinary actions today with the proposed the removal of 25 individuals and suspension of 19 others today reaffirms our strong commitment to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability.”