TSA misconduct hearing focuses on increase of cases

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Their job is to keep airports safe. But a new report is raising concerns about misconduct amongst some members of the Transportation Security Administration.

Wednesday morning, the issue was center stage on Capitol Hill.

According to the GAO report released Tuesday, employee misconduct jumped more than 25 percent from 2010 to 2012.

The report claims sleeping on the job, failing to follow procedures and allowing people to bypass security are among the screening security offenses committed by employees.

The report also says claims the TSA at times isn't doing enough to punish people breaking the rules.

However, TSA's deputy administrator says accountability is key, adding that some changes have already been made to address issues.

At Reagan National Airport some passengers say while they haven't witnessed problems they're glad they're being looked into.