Managers ridiculed gay men, African-Americans, ***s, sources say
Board was made to look like categories in TV game show "Jeopardy"
TSA's Office of Inspection is investigating at the Orlando Field
office," statement says
(CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration has launched an
internal investigation into an air marshal field office in Florida
where supervisors are alleged to have used a crew assignment board to
ridicule and keep score on women, gays and minorities, sources told
The board, resembling the TV game show "Jeopardy," includes categories
such as "pickle smokers," "our gang" and "creatures," which sources
said were names used by managers for gay men, African-Americans and
A photograph of the board was sent to CNN. The Transportation Security
Administration confirmed the investigation in a written statement but
did not elaborate on when the board was in use, where it was displayed
or how it was used.
"Following a referral from DHS Office of the Inspector General, TSA's
Office of Inspection is conducting an ongoing investigation at the
Orlando Field office," the statement said.
"The Transportation Security Administration is dedicated to ensuring
all employees are treated in a fair and lawful manner," it said.
"Accordingly, TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. The
Federal Air Marshal Service will continue to provide its full
cooperation and support to the investigation."
TSA's Office of Inspection will present its findings to TSA's acting
administrator for appropriate action, the agency said.