L.A. Times: Employee conduct making TSA's 'shattered public image' even worse The Transportation Security Administration suffers from an image problem, and recent criminal and negligent behavior by airport screeners has made matters worse.Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation subcommittee, highlighted the agency’s troubles at a hearing Wednesday. “Stealing from checked luggage, accepting bribes from drug smugglers, sleeping or drinking while on duty – this kind of criminal behavior and negligence has contributed significantly to TSA’s shattered public image,” the Alabama Republican said.Yet Rogers, who has criticized TSA in the past for not appropriately disciplining employee misconduct, said he was optimistic about its progress. He responded positively when told the TSA had started immediately firing employees caught stealing, using drugs or failing to screen passengers and luggage.“That’s a new development. I’m glad to hear that,” Rogers said....“If you have an organization of 60,000 people, that’s like a city — you’re always going to have crime in a city, you’re always going to have people in a city who don’t do things that are proper and make mistakes,” Halinski said.Especially when most of those 60,000 come from the bottom of the barrel.