Two members of an elite Transportation Security Administration unit at Honolulu International Airport target Mexican travelers for extra screening so often they are referred to as ?Mexicutioners? by their co-workers, according to two whistleblowers who came forward to tell their stories to KITV 4 News. The TSA said it?s investigating the allegations.
Honolulu, like 160 other airports nationwide, has a unit of specially trained TSA screeners who are supposed to assess behaviors of passengers to determine if they're suspicious and may be planning some kind of terrorist attack.
"The program is geared toward ? looking for terrorists," said Officer A, one of two Honolulu TSA officers who spoke to KITV 4 News but asked to keep their identities secret to avoid discipline for speaking out.
The two officers shared information about the team of roughly 32 of Honolulu?s Behavior Detection Officers, known as BDOs. The TSA has about 700 officers in Honolulu.
"The BDO program is supposed to identify passengers exhibiting suspicious behaviors," said Officer B.
Problem is, the whistleblowers said, two Honolulu TSA behavior detection officers are improperly targeting Mexican travelers to see if they are in the United States illegally.
"They're known as the ?Mexicutioners,?" said Officer A. "Honolulu is known for having a few 'Mexicutioners' and they know who they are and they know what they do."
Other TSA screeners refer to the man and woman as the Mexicutioners, because employees say they are responsible for the great majority of the arrests of illegal aliens at Honolulu International Airport, most of them from Mexico.
A few other Honolulu TSA employees and attorneys for some recently fired TSA workers who told KITV 4 News the same thing: it's well-known that just two TSA screeners target Mexican travelers in Honolulu to appear productive, even though their main priority is supposed to be stopping passengers who could be a security threat.
"We're not in the business of going after illegals. We're supposed to be finding potential terrorists, threats to aviation security," said Officer B. "They have been abusing the program to make a mark for themselves."