TSA Misconduct Up 26% in the Last Three Years as Government Calls for Reform

Image via Carolina K. Smith MD.

Image via Carolina K. Smith MD.

While we may not always agree with the practices of the TSA, we have come to rely on them to ensure that when we fly, we’re safe. A new government report, though, shows that misconduct by the Transportation Security Administration has increased by a dramatic 26% in just the past three years. What does misconduct entail? Sleeping on the job, letting friends and family through security without a screening, leaving work, and even stealing. In the past three years 9,000 cases of misconduct have been reported and 1,900 of those incidences are deemed significant enough to pose security threats. “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,” said Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican. “Why are there so many cases and, then, what is TSA doing about that?” he asks. “The report says they can’t really get a handle on it. That raises a lot of issues.” The government is calling on the TSA to find a better way to monitor allegations of misconduct. [CNN]

 

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