September 16, 2011 in Nation/World

TSA fires 28 Honolulu bag screeners after probe

By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press
 

HONOLULU (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has fired or suspended dozens of employees at Honolulu’s airport after an investigation found workers there hadn’t been screening checked bags for explosives.

The agency said Friday that 28 workers have been “removed,” 15 have been suspended, and three have resigned or retired. The cases of two other employees are being decided.

The workers have the right to appeal the decisions.

A TSA spokesman declined to comment because it involved personnel issues.

The agency began an investigation at the end of last year after two Honolulu TSA employees told officials that thousands of bags weren’t checked properly or screened for traces of explosives. The employees were placed in non-security roles pending the outcome of the six-month probe.

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