While passengers have long criticized the intrusive tactics used by Transportation Security Administration agents at the nation’s airports, allegations against two screeners working at Denver International Airport have sparked widespread condemnation.
CBS reported this week that the two individuals, 27-year-old Ty Spicha and 22-year-old Yasmeen Shafi, are suspected of working together to facilitate the former’s sexual assault of male travelers he found attractive.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 4, 2015
Following a three-month investigation, the TSA announced this week that the two employees have been fired. The agency also released footage of what it deemed their “shocking and egregious” behavior.
A colleague reportedly informed TSA supervisors of the inappropriate behavior, sparking the recently concluded investigation. CBS noted that Shafi has admitted her role in the scheme.
According to the complainant, Shafi conspired with Spicha to cause screening machines to incorrectly identify attractive men as women, thus signaling the need for a pat-down. Spicha is believed to have groped more than 10 individuals using this method.
Though the investigation into these screeners has garnered national media attention, sexual abuse complaints against TSA employees are hardly limited to the Detroit airport. Late last month, a Korean woman told authorities an agent sexually harassed her in a restroom under the guise of searching her for weapons.
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