2 TSA Screeners Fired Over Groping Scheme

CBS Denver: Male employee got help to perform patdowns on attractive men
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2015 2:33 PM CDT
2 TSA Screeners Fired Over Groping Scheme
A Transportation Security Administration officer views a full-body scan.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

TSA would have us believe that all its screeners are professionals who would never, ever stoop to gawking at our X-rayed private parts or, maybe worse, copping a feel. CBS Denver, however, reports that two screeners at Denver's airport have been fired after their groping scheme was uncovered. It worked like this: When a male employee spotted an attractive male passenger he wanted to pat down, he would signal a female co-worker. She would set the scanning computer to "female" when the guy walked through, which would cause the scanner to signal that something was off, and, voila, the passenger would get a patdown.

A supervisor acting on a tip watched the duo in action and saw the male employee pat down a passenger's "front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands, which is contradictory to TSA searching policy," says a TSA report obtained by the TV station. When confronted, the female employee said she helped out her buddy in this way regularly. Both have been fired, though neither has been identified and no criminal charges are expected. The groped passenger was on a Southwest flight but has otherwise not been identified. (Screeners do keep lots of guns off flights.)

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