Seems the Transportation Security Administration has a problem. In short, many of the people who frisk you, paw through your luggage, and herd you like cattle through the lines at the airport are stealing on the job. Among other derelictions. And the problem, as CNN reports, is growing:
A new government report says misconduct by Transportation Security Administration workers has increased more than 26% in the last three years. Some of the most serious violations include: Employees sleeping on the job, letting family and friends go without being screened, leaving work without permission and stealing.
An encounter with a TSA agent is the most up-close and personal many Americans get with people who work for the federal government and the experience is seldom pleasant. Even when your belongings are all returned to you.
The TSA workers are represented by a union and its response to this report is to insist that:
... a majority of them are doing a great job.
Of course they are. And remember that, next time you fly.