A Transportation Security Administration employee at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is accused of leaking footage from a security camera to a local news outlet and taking unauthorized photos of female travelers.
Bjorn Ray Broms, 37, of Savage, Minn., was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count of violating government data practices, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Broms, who has worked for the TSA since June 2007, is currently on administrative leave from the agency, a spokeswoman said.
“Security cameras at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport play an important role in maintaining the safety of people using the facility,” airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said in an emailed statement. “Footage from those cameras is subject to state data practices laws, which prohibit unauthorized acquisition or distribution of protected data. Misuse of the data can violate individuals’ rights to privacy and in some cases compromise the security of the airport and of the millions of people who use it. Any individual who violates the law is subject to criminal prosecution.”
No attorney for Broms was listed in court documents.
Detectives with the Airport Police Department began investigating Broms in May, after Minnesota Public Radio obtained footage of a 9-year-old boy riding a conveyer belt in the airport’s luggage handling system, the criminal complaint against Broms said.
Investigators reviewed security tapes of the video terminal where the leaked footage was recorded and determined Broms was the source of the leak, according to the complaint.
After obtaining search warrants for Broms’ personal and work cellphones, investigators sent the devices to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.
In addition to videos and images of the boy on the conveyor belt, the BCA analysis discovered images of young women “wearing shorts, tight pants, tank tops, or had the top portions of their breasts exposed at the top of their shirt,” who appeared to be undergoing TSA screening, the complaint said.
Like the those of the boy on the conveyor belt, these images also appeared to have been captured from the screen of a video terminal for the airport’s closed-circuit television system, according to the complaint. Investigators determined the photos were taken between March 2020 and March 2021.
If convicted, Broms faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.