TSA HEAD OF SECURITY ‘REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION’

SOURCE: BOING BOING

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration head of security is out of a job. TSA won’t say he’s fired, but it sure sounds like he’s fired.

An internal TSA memo distributed today and leaked to Reuters says the decision to remove and replace Kelly Hoggan came after the most recent round of complaints over impossibly long lines at TSA airport security checkpoints. The memo came from agency head Peter Neffenger.

An airline passenger stands in a full-body scanner at an LAX TSA checkpoint in 2014. (Reuters)An airline passenger stands in a full-body scanner at an LAX TSA checkpoint in 2014. (Reuters)

Hoggan served as TSA assistant administrator for security operations since May 2013. Effective immediately, he’s replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye.

A U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing on May 12 blasted Hoggan for receiving over $90,000 in bonuses and awards over a 13-month period from 2013-2014, while lines and complaints only grew.

Earlier this month, TSA said it would add screeners at the country’s busiest airports. About 231 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, up 4 percent from the same period last year, according to trade group Airlines for America.

In the memo, Neffenger said TSA is doing a better job of moving passengers through security at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport after particularly long lines at the nation’s second-busiest airport made national news several weeks ago.

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