12 TSA agents face firing for not screening bags at Charlotte airport

Published: Dec. 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - More than a dozen Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents could be out of a job after an investigation shows bags were not properly screened at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

According to the TSA, the investigation showed that approximately a dozen transportation security officers were found to have improperly screened checked baggage, in violation of TSA's standards.

Earlier this week, four trial period employees were fired or resigned as a result of the same internal investigation.

The TSA Federal Security Director at Charlotte Douglas stared the investigation into baggage screening after an internal audit conducted during a one-week period in June found that out of 80,000 checked bags screened, approximately 80 were not screened according to security protocol.

"TSA does not tolerate employees who compromise the security of the traveling public, and we know that the overwhelming majority of our employees who strive to exceed our standards every day expect nothing less," said TSA Administrator John Pistole. "The decision to remove these individuals from our ranks is an affirmation of our commitment to hold all employees to a high standard of conduct and accountability."

There were no security incidents related to the improperly screened baggage, the TSA told WBTV.

According to the TSA, additional security officers have been sent to Charlotte to ensure that security and airport operations are not impacted. Agents are also taking additional measures to ensure that checked bags at Charlotte are properly screened, WBTV has learned.

The TSA says that the organization routinely tests security operations to ensure that protocols are being followed.

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