For years, the TSA has gotten away with inappropriate searches of passengers from handicapped to children that border on sexual abuse.
The TSA often defends itself by lecturing the public on its mission to keep passengers safe, but apparently lacks the ability to police itself.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that TSA employee misconduct has risen 26 percent in the past three years, notes CNN (video below).
The misconduct includes stealing from passengers, taking bribes, sleeping on the job, leaving work without permission, allowing friends and family members to skip security screenings and failing to show up for work.
The GAO claims there have been more than 9,600 cases of verifiable TSA employee misconduct since 2010. Of those thousands of incidents, 1,900 were classified as "security threats."
The GAO says that 56 TSA agents have been caught stealing significant amounts of money from baggage, totaling thousands of dollars, reports the Washington Times.
“There’s not even a way to properly report some of the offenses, so this may be just the tip of the iceberg of some of the offenses,” said Rep. John Mica. “Why are there so many cases and then, what is TSA doing about that? The report says they can’t really get a handle on it. That raises a lot of issues."