TSA agents have long been known for their penchant for humiliating people on the job.
In some cases, it was a matter of life and death.
TSA agents have been known to handcuff someone, handcuff their hands, punch them in the face or take their clothing off while trying to stop a passenger from boarding a plane, according to a 2015 report by The Associated Press.
The TSA has come under intense scrutiny since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014.
In an incident captured on video, an agent repeatedly kicked and kicked a man with his hands up while shouting at him to get on the ground.
In a recent report, a congressional subcommittee found that the agency has used more than 1,000 techniques to strip people of their rights, including forcibly removing a passenger’s shirt or face coverings.
“The agency’s policies are clear: If a passenger is refusing to leave, they will be removed,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
“They do not have to show a reason for the removal, and they do not even have to give a reason why the passenger is being removed.”
The TSA has said that it has implemented new policies to address the issue.
The agency is working to implement new procedures for removing passengers from planes and at airports, but it has not been able to do so due to a lack of funding, according the subcommittee report.
Since the shooting, the TSA has implemented a series of new measures, including new security screening methods, improved communication with passengers, more frequent inspections of passengers’ bags and enhanced training for agents, according a TSA spokeswoman.
In September, the agency also launched a pilot program to test out new body-worn cameras for agents.
The TSA also announced a $3 million pilot program in November that will provide more support to agents who need it.
The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is also looking into the issue, the Associated Press reported.
Critics of the TSA’s use of force say the agency is taking away Americans’ rights, and that it disproportionately targets African Americans.
The American Civil Liberties Union has called the TSA abuse.
“This is not an accident.
It’s a pattern,” said Elizabeth McNeil, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s national security program.
“This has been going on for decades and we’re seeing more of it now.”
The AP reported that TSA agents were known to force passengers to lie down in the sand in the desert or in hot cars while waiting for passengers to board flights.
A TSA official who was not authorized to speak publicly spoke to the AP and said the agency does not use such tactics in its investigations.
In one incident, an FBI agent tried to detain a passenger for more than 20 minutes while another agent pushed him against the ground, according an FBI official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
The TSA is now investigating the incident, and the agency said it was reviewing its policies.
The incident is not related to the shooting in Ferguson and is not being investigated as a terrorism threat, the official said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.