TSA Integrity Challenges: Examining Misconduct By Airport Security Personnel, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency and the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 31, 2013   [open pdf - 300KB]

This is the July 31, 2013 hearing on "TSA Integrity Challenges: Examining Misconduct by Airport Security Personnel," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees on Oversight and Management Efficiency and Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Jeff Duncan: "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in an effort to strengthen the security of our nation's transportation systems, especially our airports. Considering the nature of the attacks, and other terrorist attempts, like the 2009 Christmas Day underwear bomber and the 2001 shoe bomb plot, the American public looks to the TSA to keep them safe when flying. However, with countless TSA misconduct cases spread throughout the country, confidence in airport security is quickly waning. For example, in 2011, a Transportation Security Officer at Newark Airport pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars in cash and other valuables from unsuspecting travelers. In March of this year, a wanted rape suspect made his way through the security checkpoint at JFK carrying a 3,800K-volt stun-gun, which is definitely on the list of banned items for airplane travel. And, in February of this year, TSA improperly detained a 3-year-old disabled, wheelchair-bound child suffering from spina bifida on her way to Disney World with her family. This instance specifically was heart-breaking. TSA must do more to focus on the true threats and stop with invasive screening of low risk travelers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Duncan, Richard Hudson, John Halinski, Stephen M. Lord, and Deborah Outten-Mills.

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