Head of security for US TSA removed from post

Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator for security operations since May 2013, was replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye, who will serve on an acting basis.
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WASHINGTON - The head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position, the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee said on Monday on Twitter.

The House panel, which held a hearing last week on long lines at airport security checkpoints, did not give a reason for Kelly Hoggan's dismissal as TSA assistant administrator for security operations.

Members of the committee criticised the TSA for awarding over $90,000 (S$124,000) in bonuses and awards to Hoggan over a 13-month period.

TSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.