Discovering potentially serious security lapses at the airport might seem like something that would earn you "Employee of the Month," but two Minnesota TSA whistleblowers are saying they were instead retaliated against for doing just that.
Their claims are related to two apparent security breaches recently uncovered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
According to the Star Tribune, one of the Transportation Safety Administration employees reported a "vulnerability" in the agency's "PreCheck" program (described by TSA as an expedited screening process for eligible passengers), while the other worker objected to "improper" handling of confiscated ammunition.
The paper notes that the employees – both assistant security directors – were subsequently given what appear to be punishments: a suspension and a forced relocation to another state.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is now investigating the incidents.
In the meantime, the measures against the employees have been withdrawn, FOX 9 reports.
The station also says that one of the TSA agents in question was accused by his superiors of leaking information to FOX journalist Tom Lyden, who has previously reported on MSP's security issues.
This comes just weeks after an Associated Press investigation uncovered evidence of 10 "perimeter breaches" at the Twin Cities airport over the past decade.
None of those incidents were related to terrorism.