12:15 pm April 26, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Channel 2 Action News reported this week that the Transportation Security Administration is dealing with such a backlog in conducting employee background checks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and other airports that it is allowing airport employers to hire workers without them.
TSA spokesman Jon Allen said the agency is processing checks and security threat analysis as quickly as possible. He told Channel 2 the TSA has given airport employers “interim regulatory relief” in hiring, although the backlog at Hartsfield-Jackson has been resolved.
Allen said security has not been undermined since the new policy was issued and that checks will be done eventually.
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, however, accused the TSA of being incompetent. “You can’t put unsecured people or people that you haven’t checked in a secured environment,” Broun told Channel 2.
Previously, any new employee was required to undergo both a TSA criminal background check and a security threat analysis because of access to certain security areas off limits to civilians.
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