TSA Official Says Agency is Failing to Protect Security Screeners, Flying Public, During Pandemic

By Jonathan Spira on 21 June 2020
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The agency that operates security checkpoints at the nation’s airports is not doing a particularly good job at protecting the screeners who work there as well as the flying public, according to a top-ranking official there.

Jay Brainard, a federal security director at the Transportation Security Administration, is responsible for transportations security in Kansas and filed a complaint that the agency. He filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the agency withheld N95 masks from staff and exhibited “gross mismanagement” in its response to the pandemic, thereby leaving employees and passengers exposed.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency charged with reviewing whistleblower complaints, said it had found “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” and ordered the Department of Homeland Security, of which the TSA is a part, to investigate further.

Brainard’s complaint states that the agency withheld personal protective equipment from TSA workers and that local supervisors were not allowed to make the wearing of masks mandatory.  It also states that the agency refused to require that employees change gloves after use with a passenger.

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