(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — Five Transportation Security Administration workers at a Florida airport have been fired and another 38 have been suspended for failing to perform random screenings last year.
The incident occurred during the late shift and affected up to 400 passengers over two months at Southwest Florida International Airport, according to the TSA. At the time, all passengers and bags were screened, but random screenings were not conducted.
The security issue was brought to the attention of officials by a TSA employee who was hired last year and noticed procedures were not being followed properly.
The 43 employees were disciplined last Friday and can appeal their terminations and suspensions.
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