The employees were captured on videotape failing to follow standard operating procedures for screen checked bags, the agency said, adding that some of the screeners were videotaped sleeping in the bag room. Unlike security checkpoints where passengers are screened, bag rooms are out of public view.
The investigation is continuing, and action may be taken against additional employees, the TSA said.
They were caught on videotape, but their union plans to appeal the dismissals and seek their reinstatement.
This is the same airport where a TSA agent was placed on paid leave for stealing a CNN camera and selling it on eBay.
Still, we should remember this represents a few bad apples who in no way undermine the hard work that thousands of men and women at the TSA do to keep us safe, day in and day out.