In 2011, according to the DHS’s own statistics, 318 TSA Workers were arrested. Nearly once every day, a TSA Officer has decided to commit a crime against the flying public and got caught. Of course, nobody knows exactly how many did not get caught.
You can read the entire report, in PDF form, here:
Among the things the TSA employees have been arrested for:
(DHS) conducted a joint investigation with local police of Transportation Security Officer (TSO) George Loren Thompson, Minneapolis, MN. Thompson was arrested by Minneapolis Police Department officers after he was observed chasing and threatening to kill a young Somali male. At the time of his arrest, Thompson, who held a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, was in possession of two handguns. A subsequent investigation determined that, in May 2010, Thompson had been identified, but not charged, by the Minneapolis Police Department, as the person who earlier assaulted an elderly Somali male. When we interviewed the 82-year-old victim, he recalled that Thompson had “strongly” grabbed him around the neck, while verbally identifying him as a Somali and cursing him. We submitted the case for consideration to the DOJ, Civil Rights Division and Thompson ultimately pleaded guilty to a one-count Criminal Information charging him with violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He was sentenced to 6 months of incarceration and 36 months of federally supervised probation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, this is only the second conviction secured under the hate crime statute since it was enacted in 2009.
(DHS) conducted an investigation into theft allegations against an unknown TSA screener at the Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ. The investigation established that, from October 2009 to September 2010, property and currency totaling as much as $30,000 were stolen from passengers as they underwent checkpoint screening. Our investigation identified Supervisory TSO Michael Arato as a suspect. After we confronted Arato with evidence, he admitted stealing currency from passengers’ carry-on bags as they were being screened at the check in point. Arato was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment; 36 months of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $24,150
The tally is as follows:
- Allegations Received and Reviewed 19,848
- Investigative Reports Issued 846
- Investigations Initiated 1,389
- Investigations Closed 1,161
- Arrests 318
- Indictments 206
- Convictions 260
- Personnel Actions 119