June 22, 2011
Two Republican House members are calling for an investigation of the Transportation Security Administration after serious lapses in security led to the firing of dozens TSA employees at Honolulu International Airport.
Rep. John Mica of Florida and Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, both harsh critics of TSA, wrote to the Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General today and requested an investigation of TSA security failures, including a detailed summary of the security breakdown and corrective action taken.
This month, TSA delivered letters of “proposed termination” to 36 workers at Honolulu International Airport, including five members of its leadership team, and suspended 12 more after an internal investigation revealed that carry-on bags were allegedly entering airplanes without being screened.
“Unfortunately the incident at Honolulu Airport is just another example of what can happen when the nation’s transportation security agency acts as both the operator and regulator of aviation screening,” Mica said in a press statement. “It is essential that we have a full investigation of this massive TSA lapse and ensure the nation has the most effective security system possible.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 3:37 am