Two TSA agents allegedly changed the screening system at the Denver International Airport in order to grope male passengers. The agency has since removed the two officers, Mashable confirmed.
“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said.
It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4 in Denver, Colorado.
According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at Denver International Airport.
“He related that 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 and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”
Although the TSA learned of the accusation on November 18th, 2014, from an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that nearly three months would pass before anything was done.