Readers of Shiny Badge have known for a long time what ABC News just discovered: the TSA is responsible for a large part of airport theft.
In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it.
Confronted two weeks later by ABC News, the TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, at first denied having the missing iPad, but ultimately turned it over after blaming his wife for taking it from the airport.
Andy Ramirez, the TSA Officer caught red handed hemmed and hawed as he tried to put the blame on his wife.You can see the full report in this video:
Again, we ask our readers to write their Congressmen and get these crimes treated more seriously. This is not petty theft; this is treason and should be handled the same way.
While the TSA fired him, he has not been arrested according to public arrest records. (We can be thankful the TSA isn’t unionized and they could at least fire him.)
In 2011 alone, hundreds of TSA Officers were arrested and convicted for crimes against passengers. Hundreds more plea-bargained and got off without jail time. The TSA checkpoint is the most dangerous part air travel.