|TSA investigates 27 officers accused of not screening checked baggage|
|HONOLULU—Twenty-seven Transportation Security Administration officers at the Honolulu International Airport are under investigation for major security failures, reported KITV 4 News on March 2. The officers are under investigation after information was released that thousands of checked bags were loaded onto flights at Honolulu’s airport without undergoing proper screening protocol.
Baggage there was supposed to be opened up and checked for traces of explosives, but sources said many pieces of luggage were never checked. In some cases, TSA agents simply marked suitcases as having been screened when those checked bags had not been checked at all, reported the news outlet.
In response to the investigation, a TSA spokesperson said the agency “is taking appropriate disciplinary action against several TSA officers following an extensive investigation into allegations of improper screening.”
The news outlet reported that no improprieties have been discovered at the airport’s passenger security checkpoints, where TSA officers check carry-on bags and passengers for potentially dangerous material before they board flights.
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