Disturbing security footage has emerged showing the moment a female TSA worker rigged an airport scanning machine so that her male co-worker could fondle male passengers’ genitals.
Yasmeen Shafi, 22, was allegedly alerted by her colleague, Ty Spicha, 27, every time a man he found attractive walked up to the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Colorado.
In an elaborate plot, Shafi then reportedly manipulated the body scanner so that the male was identified as a female – causing the machine to detect an anomaly in the passenger’s genital area.
This, in turn, permitted Spicha to perform a pat-down on the man.
Elaborate plot: Yasmeen Shafi (far left), 22, watches her colleague, Ty Spicha (second right), 27, approach an attractive man after she allegedly manipulated the body scanner at Colorado’s Denver International Airport
‘Groping’: Spicha then starts to pat down the man , who was wrongly identified as a female so the machine would detect an anomaly in his genital area. He appears to run his hand over the man’s thigh and genitals
Another go: On the same day, Spicha apparently touches the genitals of another attractive male passenger
Fired: Shafi (right) and Spicha (left) have now been fired from the TSA – which deems their actions ‘shocking and egregious’ – after one of their co-workers tipped off the organization to the alleged scanner scheme
The new video footage, captured on airport security and obtained this week by CBS Denver station KCNC, shows Spicha approaching male passengers who have been wrongly identified as females.
Dressed in his official Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uniform and a pair of blue gloves, he then appears to grope the fliers by running his hands over their genitals and buttocks.
This sort of contact is in violation of TSA policy.
Shafi, meanwhile, stands beside the security machine, watching the inappropriate pat-downs.
The footage was filmed earlier this year – and apparently captures just several of many incidents.
Shafi and Spicha have now been fired from the TSA – which deems their actions ‘shocking and egregious’ – after one of their co-workers tipped off the organization to the scanner scheme.
However, no criminal charges have been filed against the duo because no alleged victims have yet been confirmed by officials – including the men who can be seen in the newly-released footage.
In an interview with the TSA, Shafi admitted to participating in the plot, according to CBS4.
Shocking: The new video footage, which was captured on airport security and obtained this week by CBS’s Denver station KCNC , shows Spicha approaching one male passenger and caressing his buttocks (above)
Inappropriate: In another blurry shot, the TSA employee appears to grope a man’s behind at the checkpoint
Deliberate error: No criminal charges have been filed against Shafi and Spicha . Above, Shafi allegedly manipulated the scanner so it believed males were females – and therefore, identified genital anomalies
She said the scheme had involved at least 11 passengers over 2014 and 2015, it is reported.
A Denver Police Department report seen by Daily Mail Online describes Shafi and Spicha’s plot.
‘When a male he [Spicha] finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine, he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is female,’ it reads.
‘When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area.’
The anonymous tip by a co-worker was apparently made to the TSA in November last year.
But despite this, the agency only launched an investigation in February.
A TSA supervisor told police that he saw Spicha ‘give a signal’ to Shafi.
Admission: In an interview with the TSA, Shafi (seen with a male companion in a Myspace snap) apparently admitted to participating in the plot. She said the scheme had involved at least 11 passengers, it is reported
Security: Passengers are pictured undergoing full body scans by TSA agents at Denver International Airport in this file picture. The TSA described Spicha and Shafi’s reported actions as ‘egregious and intolerable’
Then, after Shafi manipulated the scanner, Spicha would ‘conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palms of his hands… contradictory to TSA searching policy’.
Earlier this year, the TSA told Daily Mail Online: ‘These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable.
‘TSA has removed the two officers from the agency. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable.’
The newly-released security footage comes just a week after TSA agent Maxie Oquendo allegedly groped a 21-year-old female foreign exchange student at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
Oquendo is facing sexual abuse and harassment charges over the alleged bathroom incident.
He has also been fired from the TSA.