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Judge allows airport manager back on job

By Star-Advertiser staff


An administrative law judge ruled Monday that a Hono­lulu Airport manager fired last year over a failure to properly screen checked baggage can return to work, the employee's lawyer said.

"Management personnel said they were not aware of the checked-baggage irregularities (and) should not have been held liable for people who violated the law," said Kailua attorney G. Todd Withy. "None of these managers admitted knowing anything that was going wrong."

In September 2011, 28 Transportation Security Administration employees accused of improper screening of checked baggage at Hono­lulu Airport were fired, 15 were suspended and three resigned or retired.

The investigation began in December 2010 when two TSA employees reported that luggage was being loaded onto flights without being screened or checked for explosives.

Withy said his client, Olivier Jodloman, who was a direct manager of the workers found responsible for not checking bags, will receive back pay, and "hopefully he'll go back to work as soon as he can."

Another one of his clients, the manager above the reinstated manager, came to a confidential out-of-court settlement three months ago, Withy said, as did former Hono­lulu Police Department Deputy Chief Glen Kaji­yama, who had been federal security director in Hawaii since 2007.

Withy said the TSA still has the right to appeal the court's decision.

The actual baggage handlers did not have appeal rights and remain fired.

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Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on October 30,2012 | 05:54AM
DAGR81 wrote:
attornies often advise clients to "lie till you die".
on October 30,2012 | 12:25PM
1assa wrote:
This mgr. returns and Jim Donovan could not work to the end of his contract?
on October 30,2012 | 05:57AM
soundofreason wrote:
" "None of these managers admitted knowing anything that was going wrong.">>> Then WHAT the #@$#@ were they managing??
on October 30,2012 | 07:06AM
allie wrote:
total incompetence.
on October 30,2012 | 07:16AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Incompetence is its own reward.
on October 30,2012 | 07:57AM
GuyBrown wrote:
The judge is correct. Jodoman should have been fired for incompetence. The fact that he admitted in court that he had no clue as to what was going on should be used against him in a court of law. This guy must go!! This is so bad. The TSA clerks regularly screen the bags for valuables and steal what ever they can get their hands on. They don't screen bags without valuables!! Get rid of all of them!!
on October 31,2012 | 12:16PM
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