The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) just can’t seem to get anything right. Or maybe they never had any intention of getting things right.
Regardless, hiring a former priest who was fired for sexually abusing little girls is a low point even for TSA morons, not that I find this to be a big shocker given the TSA’s propensity for child molestation at airports across America.
The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.
The security checkpoint between Terminals D and E is a busy place where thousands of people – including lots of kids – pass through every day. But you might not believe who the I-Team observed working as a TSA supervisor at that checkpoint this week: Thomas Harkins.
Until 2002, Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches across South Jersey. But the Diocese of Camden removed him from ministry because it found he sexually abused two young girls. Now, in a new lawsuit, a third woman is claiming she also is one of Harkins’ victims.
His official title is “Transportation Security Manager, Baggage” but that doesn’t sit well with some.
Karen Polesir is a Philadelphia spokeswoman with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
“As the public, we are screened to our underwear getting on a plane, and yet they hire a man like that.”
Naturally the TSA claims that Harkins has nothing to do with passengers, just baggage.