The TSA has removed the 29-year-old man from screening duties at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and he is on indefinite suspension without pay, according to the agency.
A 29-year-old Tukwila man has been arrested on suspicion of taking photos from underneath female passengers’ skirts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where he worked as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent.
After authorities received reports of the man’s alleged behavior, a TSA special agent and Port of Seattle police began monitoring him, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the suspect.
The TSA agent followed the suspect on Tuesday as he left a security checkpoint for a break at 11:15 a.m., according to the police record.
The suspect then allegedly “hurriedly walked over to the baggage claim escalator and positioned himself behind a woman” in a skirt and turned his phone on to record, the statement says.
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Authorities arrested him and booked him into the Regional Justice Center in Kent for investigation of voyeurism, jail records show.
TSA reports it has removed him from screening duties and placed him on indefinite suspension without pay.
“TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct,” TSA said in a statement. “When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken.”
The suspect waived his right to a first court appearance on Wednesday and is scheduled for a second on Thursday, according to Dan Donohoe, King County prosecutor’s spokesman. A judge found probable cause to set his bail at $7,500, Donohoe said.
The Seattle Times does not name suspects until they have been charged.