Association of Commercial Aviation Safety and Security Personnel, Outraged by Recent TSA Security Breach

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Members of the Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association (WAEA) are outraged by news that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently released online a highly-classified document which details sensitive security procedures. WAEA’s national spokesperson, Captain Dan Hanley, says “the upper-echelons of our Department of Homeland Security and TSA must be held accountable for this most blatant breach of security since 9/11.”

ABC News recently headlined a “Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets”.

Captain Dan Hanley, national spokesperson for the “Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association” recounts the situation. “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently released online a highly-classified document, which specifically delineates some of the most sensitive security procedures to be followed by TSA supervisors in the screening of airline passengers and government employees.”

According to Hanley, the faux paux has outraged his association members and should alarm the general public. Hanley explains, “the entire membership of the Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association share our collective outrage with our special interests, the millions who travel by commercial air and those dedicated safety professionals who serve them daily, the many airline aircrew and employees, the federal air marshal service, FAA employees, and others.”

An official spokesperson is reportedly minimizing the negative impact of TSA’s blunder, emphasizing that “the document posted online is an outdated version”.

In contrast, Hanley describes the error as an “egregious act of negligence by those in the upper-echelons of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.”

The Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association contends that “all responsible must be held accountable for the most blatant breach of security since 9/11.” As the association’s spokesperson, Dan Hanley adds, “this irresponsible act is inexcusable for an agency responsible for the security of the homeland citizens.”

Hanley continues, “while President Obama expresses concern for collateral damage and death to citizens in global combat areas, it is incumbent upon his good office to ensure the same for the millions who travel by commercial air each day in this country. We must call upon our president to launch an intensive investigation concerning this national security breach.”

In addition to calling for a swift, serious, federal executive branch response, Hanley notes “given President Obama’s campaign rhetoric concerning a greater openness of government, and in light of the enormity of this breach of public trust concerning aviation security, it is hoped that congress will launch an investigation into this matter immediately.”

Allies of the Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association reportedly include the Government Accountability Project; the FAA Whistleblowers Alliance. Federal Air Marshals/TSA Employee Whistleblowers; PassengerRights.org; Medical Whistleblowers; SafeSkies.ca (Canada); the Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (Canada); the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (UK); the Aerotoxic Association (UK); ToxicFreeAirlines.com (UK); Project on Government Oversight; and the National Whistleblower Center.

Captain Dan Hanley concludes that “in light of his campaign promise regarding enhanced protection for federal whistleblowers, coupled with the airline captains, federal air marshals and other commercial aviation safety and security personnel who were terminated the past several years for attempting to expose frailties in the present security systems, it is hoped that these individual cases will be publicly reviewed since these aviation safety and security professionals were attempting to protect these same passengers by their revelations.”

The Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association is a national grassroots coalition of airline employees from all U.S. airlines whose safety and security goals are commensurate with those of the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Aviation Administration mission statements as prescribed on their websites. To learn more, visit http://www.airline-whistleblowers.org

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