A former TSA screener claims that the TSA agents at Denver International Airport who were part of a groping conspiracy saw their behavior as “just a game.”
At the Denver airport, a male TSA agent would reportedly signal to a female TSA agent to set off an alarm on a TSA screening machine so that he (the male TSA agent) could fondle male passengers whom he found "attractive."
The TSA refused to provide details of who the two agents were, but fired both of them, noted NBC News.
The former TSA screener recently told CBS Denver that the two agents were part of a large group of TSA agents who texted each other (video below).
“I had heard them quoted as saying, 'It was just a game.' You know, unfortunately, it’s a really sick game to play,” the former TSA screener said.
The former TSA screener believes that because of the group texts several TSA agents were aware of what was going on for some time.
The two fired agents were not charged with any crimes, but numerous male passengers claim they were assaulted. One wrote CBS Denver, while others have contacted Denver prosecutors.
While some may wonder why the TSA can't simply check video surveillance tapes in the airport to see who the victims were, ABC News reported in 2010 that the TSA doesn't control the airport cameras.
Jason Edward Harrington, another former TSA agent, recently wrote an article for TIME in which he claimed:
Over the course of my six years with the TSA, the leveraging of rules and surveillance tools to abuse passengers was a daily checkpoint occurrence. Has the TSA screener searching your luggage suddenly decided to share with you the finer points of official bag-search procedure just as your final boarding call is being announced? There’s a good chance that he or she just doesn’t like you. Or in some cases, as we’ve seen, it may be that the screener finds you attractive and wants to use the TSA rules as an excuse to get his or her hands on you.
...What most people don’t realize is that the full-body scanners the two agents used to assault those passengers — the scanners that millions of people pass through each day — are practically useless.