The Transportation Security Administration said 25 agents will be fired and 19 others suspended for failing to search baggage properly, news sources report.
TSA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN these 44 employees all worked in a checked-baggage screening room in Newark's Liberty International Airport, CNN reports.
"Roughly 250 bags affected last November and December were deemed safe by other parts of the screening system, and passenger safety was not threatened," Castelveter said. He could not give details of any security lapses, Reuters reports.
The punishment is the largest removal and suspension of TSA officers in the agency's history, CNN reports. This removal is apart of a larger internal crackdown on improper behavior by TSA agents, CNN.
In June, eight other employees were fired as part of the same investigation, Reuters report.