A security screened from the Transportation Security Administration who is 29 years old was arrested, charged and booked into the King County Jail on charges of voyeurism. The alleged incident took place the Sea Tac airport.
A witness to the incident told the new station KIRO 7 that he was on his way to catch a flight at Sea Tac in the previous month when he witnessed a gentleman dressed in a blue TSA outfit attempting to record mobile phone images from under a ladies skirt. He was going up the escalator near gate B-10.
The TSA officer was Nicholas James Fernandez who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon. The TSA officer was also removed from screening duties in the airport.
Lorie Dankers, a representative of the TSA, said the following in a statement,
“TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct. When such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly. When appropriate, TSA requests that it be investigated by a law enforcement authority. When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken.”
The court bail was set at $7500 and the defendant waived his right to appear in court. Hopefully he will no longer be working for the TSA after this incident.
The TSA is widely criticized for their intrusive techniques and manners when checking people through security. In a post 9-11 era it has become more and more arduous as time goes on for security purposes.
The last thing people want to think is they are being taken advantage of in a vulnerable moment in front of other people no less. Which is why many people support political candidates in favor of abolishing the Transportation Security Administration altogether. Many argue it is largely inept and unneeded and causes more problems, such as these, than it does fixing problems.