The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals, including a supervisor, for allegedly drinking alcohol while on duty during a training day, and suspending six others for not reporting the misconduct.
The 14 marshals belong to the New York office and were notified Friday. All can appeal except a probationary employee who was terminated immediately.
The TSA said the drinking occurred at a restaurant in February and was reported to a website that allows employees to alert leadership of inappropriate behavior.
None of the marshals was scheduled for flight duty the day of the drinking. But the TSA says consumption of alcohol is forbidden anytime they are on the job.
The TSA didn't know if any had yet retained attorneys.
Those being fired were required Friday to turn in their weapons and credentials.
"TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace,'' said Nico Melendez, an agency spokesman. "TSA's decision to remove the individuals involved in the misconduct affirms our strong commitment to the highest standards of conduct and accountability.''
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