DENVER, Colo. – Two TSA screeners are accused of setting up travelers to be fondled and groped as they passed through security.
According to the Denver police report, a TSA worker told investigators that a male colleague told her that he ‘gropes’ male passengers coming through screening.
“When a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine, he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area,” the report said.
Authorities say the indication of an anomaly allowed the TSA agent to pat down male passengers.
Three months after that initial tip, a TSA supervisor watched the security area to see if it was true.
It is unclear why it took the TSA three months to look into the allegations.
The investigator said he watched as a male passenger entered the scanner and saw the male TSA agent ‘appear to give a signal to another screener.’
At that point, the investigator says he saw a female accomplice press a button that indicated the passenger was a female.
The scanner detected an anomaly and the investigator saw the male agent “conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands,” which is contrary to TSA policy.
TSA officials say they interviewed the female agent, who confessed to helping in the conspiracy at least 10 times.
Both TSA agents were fired.
Denver police investigated this as a possible sexual assault, but prosecutors say they do not know the identities of the victims.
In fact, the victims may not even know that they were targeted.
TSA released a statement, saying, “These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable.”