The TSA has fired 28 employees in Honolulu following an investigation that found thousands of bags were allowed onto flights without being screened for explosives.
The Transport Security Administration conducted the investigation after allegations first surfaced in June of serious security lapses at the airport in Hawaii.
Three baggage screeners reportedly resigned or retired during the investigation and 28 were fired, according to a statement from the TSA, which added that 15 employees had also been suspended.
The move is believed to be the biggest by the agency since its inception following the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.
Back in March, it was reported by Honolulu’s KITV 4 News that TSA officers assigned to a morning shift regularly allowed checked bags to be loaded onto flights on nine daily departures without screening them for explosives.
Sources at the airport reported that thousands of bags had been allowed onto planes without screening during a period that lasted at least four months. TSA policy requires that every single bag be screened before going into an aircraft’s hold.
The revelation was met with widespread anger from the American public who already resent the TSA due to its procedures, many of which are seen as overly invasive, such as full-body pat downs and ‘virtual strip-search’ body scanners.