Oops -- the TSA Just Fired 10+% of Screener Workforce
It's OK, though -- your TSA has
everything under control, as usual. Don't blame that
bureaucracy for firing nearly 11% of its screener workforce just in
time for the biggest travel weekend of the Summer; they
had to fire them.
You see, the screeners the TSA fired (after exhaustive,
detail-oriented, ironclad, expensive vetting) are sidelined, either
temporarily or permanently, for "security violations, mostly
failure to submit to fingerprinting," according to an AP
Mostly -- but not all...
The AP went on to say that the City of Los Angeles, obviously
more-concerned with the background of its airport's screeners than
the federal spending agency that hired them, performed
its own background check on a sample, and found -- though the TSA
apparently didn't -- that 29 of the screeners, who have been
looking through your wallets and purses, had, "criminal histories
ranging from weapons charges to sexual assault."
The TSA just couldn't find those records, huh.
Stepping in their own mess:
The TSA, as usual, tried to cover its increasingly-exposed butt,
and had the AP report, "Transportation agency officials said its
own checks had already found all but two of the screeners with
serious criminal records and had fired them or put them on leave."
[If the TSA had, indeed, found this, why hadn't it fired
In other news [see separate story], two of the TSA's top dogs,
one in Credentialing, the other in Personnel Security, have just
left the agency.