TSA fires workers for not screening bags properly

The Transportation Security Administration is moving to fire more than 30 of its security personnel at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport after the discovery last December that they were not properly screening checked bags for bombs, the TSA said Friday.

A dozen more TSA workers face suspension, the TSA said. Those slated for firing included workers responsible for the actual screening, several supervisors and the Federal Security Director for the Honolulu airport, the TSA said

“TSA holds its workforce to the highest ethical standards and we will not tolerate employees who in any way compromise the security of the traveling public,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement announcing the actions.

The workers reportedly came under investigation after two TSA workers complained to their supervisors that colleagues were not screening checked luggage being loaded aboard flights in a section of the airport that serves Qantas, WestJet, Philippine Airlines, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska Air, Air Pacific, All Nippon Airways, Delta Airlines, China Airlines, Air Pacific and Jetstar Airways.

Investigators found that each day during the last few months of 2010, planes from an undetermined number of those airlines took off with unscreened baggage on board.

Pistole said TSA managers had been dispatched to the Honolulu airport to ensure that bomb-screening procedures were being properly followed

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.

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