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14 TSA Marshals Fired for Drinking on the Job
by Ali Papademetriou
As reported by the Associated Press on Friday, eight federal air marshals including a supervisor, are being fired from the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) for drinking alcohol on the job, specifically on a training day. TSA is also suspending six other workers due to their failure to disclose their co-worker’s actions.
The indicted workers from the New York office were forced to hand over their credentials and weapons. The supervisor was fired immediately, and the other thirteen are able to appeal. The Administration explained that the drinking took place at a restaurant in February and the episode was reported to a website where employees are able to notify their higher ups of unethical behavior.
Even though none of those alleged employees were scheduled to monitor a flight on that day, TSA says that the consumption of alcohol is forbidden anytime they are on the job. A spokesperson for the TSA, Nico Melendez, said, “TSA holds all of its employees to the higher professional and ethical standards and has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace.”
This is not the only incident in which Transportation Safety Administration members have been at fault for careless and reckless behavior. Last Wednesday, eight Transportation Security Administration workers at the Newark Airport were also fired due to sleeping on the job.
Not only are American tax payers funding one this country’s largest violations of the fourth Amendment, but now their money is funding their careless behavior on the job. After all, Americans spent $7.8 billion on the TSA last year.