HNL TSA boss who claims he was wrongly fired wins settlement, retirement

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  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    The Transportation Security Administration is paying a financial settlement to Glen Kajiyama, the former federal security director in charge of TSA operations at Honolulu International Airport who was one of 36 TSA employees fired in a baggage screening scandal last year.
    Kajiyama had appealed his firing as "unfair" and the TSA settled his case just days before a hearing was scheduled to begin last month.
    In June 2011, the TSA fired 36 employees at the airport after an investigation found they failed to properly screen checked baggage for explosives over several months at the end of 2010. TSA employees assigned to the morning shift in HNL's Lobby 4 allowed unscreened luggage to get onto aircraft, affecting flights by Delta Airlines, Korean Air and other major carriers, sources said.
    The TSA settled his case on July 16, just days before a hearing was to begin in Honolulu. An administrative judge from California had already arrived to hear the case, Smith said. As part of the agreement, Kajiyama is allowed to retire with federal benefits and TSA is paying him a financial settlement that Smith said he cannot disclose because of a confidentiality agreement with the TSA.
    Kajiyama was paid more than $150,000 a year. He will be allowed to retire from the TSA on Aug. 16, on the same day he vests with the agency after five years on the job and receives full benefits, Smith said.
    Kajiyama will begin a new private-sector management job in the security field shortly.
  2. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Two things:

    #1 indicates the TSA was about to suffer a monumental embarrassent. I wonder what they're not telling us.

    #2 indicates that they were willing to pay a great deal to buy their victim's silence. Even though we don't know what the lump sum was, the retirement sounds huge to me. Full benefits after 5 years employment? Wow.

    It seems like when the TSA investigates itself the truth is not what they're looking for. They vascilate between covering up real malfeasance or making a theatrical show of punishing everyone in sight.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA will never give a proper accounting of their so-called investigations. To do so would demonstrate the total corruption that makes up TSA and its employees.
  4. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    It may be possible to get settlement details via FOIA... might be worth a shot if someone wants to put in the effort. :)

  5. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I know nothing about the process, but am game. Can somebody point me in the direction of the starting line?
  6. Affection

    Affection Original Member

  7. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    And the money in the settlement ultimately comes, the taxpayers. Proud to be a taxpayer!
  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Taxpayers are shelling out $150K a year to someone whose job is the same as the greeter at Walmart who gets $8 an hour. look in bags.

    This would pay two or three decent salaries for a lot of people who could do something far more constructive than look in baggage for things to steal.
  9. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    In my experience, FSDs do not do bag checks. They are more the CEO type of position, managing the overall operation at that location, interfacing with the shareholders and HQ, disseminating info to the senior staff, delegating daily activities to make certain that the work is done properly - that sort of position.
  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    In other words, they do less actual work than any Wal-Mart greeter.

    It's been painfully obvious to all observers that the TSA hasn't even managed to disseminate the concept that photography isn't forbidden by TSA policy, let alone any more complex ideas.

    So... we (the taxpayers) have been shelling out $150K+ to someone who hasn't been able to perform a single constructive task in his career.
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  11. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    In other words, he's responsible for the actions of his subordinates and his termination was justified.
  12. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    I subscribe to the same philosophy in play in the military, as the senior authority at that airport, he is ultimately responsible for what happens on his watch (per the job description and expectations). If I were in his position and had 45 TSOs suspended or fired over one incident, I would pretty much expect to be shown the door. Obviously, he disagrees with that philosophy.

    One caveat that would change the dynamic a bit, is if he discovered the violations, and he initiated the investigation of his own volition (which does not appear to be the case), that being said, I would still expect to be shown the door.
  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If he didn't discover the violations, he needed to be terminated for being so completely out-of-touch with his subordinates.

    As it stands, I don't believe there's a single TSA employee anywhere who doesn't deserve to be at least terminated if not incarcerated.
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  14. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    CEO? There can be only one CEO in an organization.

    These slugs are baggage checkers, nothing more. Just because he manages other baggage checkers hardly qualifies him for a six figure paycheck.

    I hope he gets hit by a bus before he collects a dime.
  15. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    He represents a true waste of our limited tax dollars, but so does the TSA as a whole.
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