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Report says TSA screeners violating safety rules

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The people charged with keeping you safe in the air, might be taking short cuts. A new government report found nearly 10,000 cases of TSA agent violations since 2010. The report also raises into question the leniency of punishments for those offenders.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The people charged with keeping you safe in the air, might be taking short cuts. A new government report found nearly 10,000 cases of TSA agent violations since 2010. The report also raises into question the leniency of punishments for those offenders.

So we asked frequent travelers what they thought about airport security and their safety. There’s a long line to go through security and another check to make sure you’re not a threat.

“It feels more relaxed after 911,” said traveler Sam Taylor.

So who’s really bending the rules here? A federal report checked out the very people checking you. It found TSA agents stealing electronics like iPads tracked to a TSA screeners’ home.

“Whenever you hear stuff like that you end up being a lot more aware and a lot more careful and I think its sad that we have to be more careful,” said traveler Jasmim Wallace.

And what about people who just cut the line or walk right by? The report says some TSA screeners give their friends and family a pass.


“If they're not on their job that's invading my safety,” said Taylor.

“If there's a problem right now with the people we caught then there’s probably more people doing it,” said Wallace.

But traveler Alexander Ferguson says the screeners don’t carry the full blame.


“If they're allowing things like this to happen and just turning a blind eye that goes back to something higher up,” said traveler Alexander Ferguson.

The TSA released a statement that in part reads, “TSA responds to instances of misconduct through a series of actions, ranging from "Letters of Reprimand" to suspension from work, and, in instances where the nature of the misconduct is egregious, removal from the TSA workforce.”

The report also highlights more than 3,000 instances where screeners showed up late, not at all, or left without permission.

“So many people are struggling to find work and its upsetting for me as someone who has gone through this job process that so many people are holding on to jobs and they're not really fit for them,” said Ferguson.

The TSA also says they use an expedited termination process for the worse offenders. The TSA also established the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to make sure those violations are thoroughly investigated.

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