• Dozens of TSA employees fired, suspended for involvement in illegal gambling ring

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    PITTSBURGH - Channel 11 News has learned that dozens of local Transportation Security Administration workers have been fired or suspended for involvement in an illegal gambling ring.

    After months of investigation, officials with the Pittsburgh office of Homeland security either fired or suspended the workers involved Thursday morning.

    Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski reported of the 311 local workers, five were fired, 47 were suspended and 10 letters of reprimand were sent out.

     All of the workers involved are accused of sports gambling at Pittsburgh International Airport while in uniform. Officials said the gambling was a violation of federal regulations.

     Government officials said public safety and security was never put at risk.

    "TSA holds all of its employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability. The agency has taken the appropriate and necessary steps to discipline those involved to include employment termination, suspension or letters of reprimand,” a TSA official told Channel 11 News.

    Flyers at the airport said they’re glad the TSA took action.

    “If they do it on the job it detracts from the safety of us passengers. So yea, it’s a huge problem,” flyer Loren Obrey said. 

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