44 TSA agents facing firing or suspension

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By Laura Marrinan
NEWARK, N.J. - The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of firing 25 agents and suspending 19 others for failing to follow screening procedures, CNN reported on Friday.

All 44 of the employees worked in Terminal B of Newark's Liberty International Airport and were caught on surveillance tapes not following screening procedures, CNN reported.

The surveillance cameras were installed in 25 of the airport's screening rooms to check for possible thefts, the Associated Press reported.

The TSA agents are supposed to search passenger's checked luggage with electronic scanners and open some bags by hand. According to CNN, employees allegedly did not follow procedure on about 250 bags.

"Accountability is an important aspect of our work and we take appropriate action with any employee who does not follow our procedures or engages in misconduct," TSA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN.

Eight employees were fired in June for a similar investigation, the Associated Press reported.

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