GOP Reps. Mica, Chaffetz: Investigate TSA Hawaii firings

“The recent proposed firings of a significant number of TSA employees, including members of the TSA’s own leadership team, at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), highlight the conflict that exists when TSA acts as both the operator and the regulator of the aviation screening programs,” they continued. “It is imperative the federal agency responsible for maintaining aviation security operates in an effective and efficient manner.”

Mica and Chaffetz called for “a complete analysis of the failure of TSA’s oversight and supervision of baggage and passenger screening operations, protocols and procedures at HNL.”

Earlier this month, TSA announced that it was recommending firing 37 employees after what it called an “extensive investigation.” The workers reportedly allowed baggage to pass through security that had not been properly screened for explosive devices.

The screenings that had been questioned took place in the final months of 2010. TSA said when it announced the proposed firings that it regularly tests security operations at airports to make sure its protocols are being followed.

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 written statement. 

“We have taken appropriate action through our newly established Office of Professional Responsibility and are committed to ensuring our high security standards are upheld in Hawaii and throughout the country,” he continued.

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