The Transportation Security Administration has proposed firing or suspending more than 40 luggage checkers and supervisors at Newark Liberty International Airport for failing to properly inspect baggage.
The agency Friday recommended firing 25 workers and suspending 19 others without pay for up to two weeks for screening failures involving checked bags headed for domestic and international flights. Supervisors also failed to enforce bag-screening procedures between November and December of last year, it said.
"TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace," said agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.
"Accountability is an important aspect of our work, and TSA takes prompt and appropriate action with any employee who does not follow our procedures and engages in misconduct. The decision to take disciplinary actions today ... reaffirms our strong commitment to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability," she said.