2 TSA officers on administrative leave after 'offensive display' found at MIA

CNN says noose found in private portion of baggage screening area

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

MIAMI - Two Transportation Security Administration officers have been placed on administrative leave after an "offensive display" was discovered in the baggage screening area at Miami International Airport.

The TSA released a statement Tuesday condemning the "unacceptable behavior."

"TSA does not tolerate racist or offensive behavior and those found responsible will be held accountable for their actions," the statement said.

The TSA didn't identify what was found in the private portion of the screening area, but CNN released a photograph of the display in question -- two stuffed gorillas tied together and hanging by a noose.

A TSA employee with knowledge of the situation told CNN the display was hanging from a "pole right in the center of the TSA workstation located underneath the airport where passengers' checked luggage is screened before being placed on aircraft."

Other TSA officers reported it to management, who removed it.

"It is a government agency. You would think that our government would train our agencies a little better than that," one traveler at MIA, Sunil Abraham, told Local 10's Roy Ramos.

The TSA is conducting an internal investigation.

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