Five Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on leave as the government continues its review of how a document on airport security procedures made its way online.
Transportation Security Administration confirmed Dec. 9 that five employees "have
been placed on administrative leave" while an investigation into the
posting of a security operations manual continues.
More than 90 pages long,
the document contained
information on airport passenger screening procedures used by the TSA.
A TSA news release said the
material was out of date, and "was improperly posted by the agency to
the Federal Business Opportunities Website wherein redacted information was not
release continued, "Once we were made aware, it was immediately taken down
from the Website and a full review by TSA's
Office of Inspection was initiated.
version of the document was not the everyday screening manual used by
Transportation Security Officers at airport checkpoints. As TSA
is constantly adapting to address
there have been six newer versions of the procedures
since the version posted was approved."
came to light Dec. 6 when a blogger
blew the whistle,
drawing attention to the posted document. The exposed
material included procedures for handling CIA-escorted
passengers and details about screening equipment such as metal detectors.
Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee Dec. 9 that those
involved included a private contractor and TSA
supervisors. The TSA is a component of
the Department of Homeland Security.
surrounding the document's posting, the TSA
maintained that its "analysis has determined that [its] systems are secure
and that screening protocols have not been compromised. TSA
is confident that screening procedures in place remain strong and the many
layers of security keep the traveling public safe."
concluded, "TSA takes full
responsibility for this improper posting and all individuals who may have been
involved have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the