In our post-9/11 world, we as travelers expect the US Department of Homeland Security would be held to the highest standards. When we board a plane, we shouldn’t have to worry that someone checked something in their bag that could threaten our safety. Unfortunately, it seems that some at the TSA haven’t been taking their job too seriously and thankfully the TSA is doing something about it. On Friday, the agency said it was in the process of firing 25 agents and suspending 19—making this the largest group ever to be fired by the department. According to CNN:
The 44 employees all worked in a checked-baggage screening room in Terminal B of Newark’s Liberty International Airport, TSA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN in a written statement. In November and December of 2011, they were caught on surveillance cameras not following proper screening protocols, an agency internal investigation revealed. After passengers check their bags, TSA screeners are supposed to search the luggage with electronic scanners and open some bags by hand. In this case, the employees allegedly didn’t follow procedures on about 250 bags during the two months, the agency said. All bags did receive some screening, however.