TSA proposes terminations at Philadelphia International Airport

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Press Release
Local Press Release
Friday, June 15, 2012

Seven employees recommended for dismissal for professional misconduct

PHILADELPHIA – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced disciplinary action against seven employees at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) for professional misconduct.

Following an eight-month investigation, TSA management at PHL and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) found several employees involved in bribery.

TSA management removed ten employees from security duties in November 2011 pending the results of the OIG investigation. Since that time, three of the employees involved have resigned from TSA and seven others have been notified of TSA’s proposed action to terminate their employment.

"TSA holds all of its employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability," said Chris McLaughlin, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations.  "Any employee who willfully violates TSA rules will be held accountable for their conduct and appropriately disciplined. The decision to remove these employees affirms our strong commitment to our vital security mission and the safety of the traveling public."

A training instructor responsible for administering annual proficiency exams was found to have accepted payment from TSA security officers to ensure passing grades. The training instructor pleaded guilty in Federal District Court on February 28, 2012, to a charge of bribery. Upon learning of these allegations, TSA notified the OIG and worked closely with the OIG and law enforcement throughout the investigation.