TSA Screener Steals $50k In Electronics from Travelers

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Need another reason to hate the TSA? How about sticky fingered employees like this. The guy stole fifty thousand dollars worth of electronics from travelers in just six months. Kinda makes you wonder about all those things you "lost" over the years, doesn't it?

The man, who had been with the TSA for more than 2.5 years, was arrested after a Continental Airlines staffer claimed to have spotted him stealing an iPad from a suitcase and then stuffing it down his pants... A fact we're guessing he didn't advertise when he tried to sell his goods online.
 

fattypants

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It's for my own protection, so I don't mind that I get groped, x-rayed, robbed, and viewed nude at an airport.

I don't mind giving up all my freedom as long as a terrorist halfway across the world can't take all my freedom away from me!
 

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It's for my own protection, so I don't mind that I get groped, x-rayed, robbed, and viewed nude at an airport.

I don't mind giving up all my freedom as long as a terrorist halfway across the world can't take all my freedom away from me!

Well said, Mr fattypants. The public has turned into sheeple.
 

cyclone3d

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It's for my own protection, so I don't mind that I get groped, x-rayed, robbed, and viewed nude at an airport.

I don't mind giving up all my freedom as long as a terrorist halfway across the world can't take all my freedom away from me!

HEHEHEHE.

Any valuables I take with me are carried on. The most that some jerk is goign to find in my bag(s) is my electric shaver.

If anything goes missing in transit, you better believe that I am going to make a HUGE deal out of it until it is completely resolved to my satisfaction.

If people would actually make a big deal out of it everytime it happened, stuff like this would be taken care of a lot quicker.
 

Xrave

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I'm assuming this guy was one of the TSA workers who do random screenings on checked bags? I have no clue how you wouldn't notice something lifted from your carry ons (although in the article at the end it says one guy was caught stealing cash from passengers' carry ons....)
 

eon

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Well said, Mr fattypants. The public has turned into sheeple.
its a lose-lose situation because the minute another terrorist slips through people will be crying a river of how there wasnt enough security to stop the attack
 

LeninGHOLA

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its a lose-lose situation because the minute another terrorist slips through people will be crying a river of how there wasnt enough security to stop the attack

Only because people tend to be reactionary, instead of intelligent. We should put smart pills in the water supply.
 

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its a lose-lose situation because the minute another terrorist slips through people will be crying a river of how there wasnt enough security to stop the attack
All the security in the world won't stop every terrorist. The TSA is just another way to condition more people into being serfs.
 

Xrave

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All the security in the world won't stop every terrorist. The TSA is just another way to condition more people into being serfs.

All the police in the world won't stop every crime.
 

Showbiz

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Why are people surprised anymore when government officials and its agents, and employees are caught lying or stealing? From top to bottom I pretty much expect it from our elected gestapo now.
 

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Can you at least put locks on your bags that go to baggage or will they use that as an excuse to open them?

Why are people surprised anymore when government officials and its agents, and employees are caught lying or stealing? From top to bottom I pretty much expect it from our elected gestapo now.
Now days you have to vote based on who you think is the least terrible person, not how well you think they'll do.
 

Xrave

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Can you at least put locks on your bags that go to baggage or will they use that as an excuse to open them?

They still choose them with what they say is random screening. If you check a bag with a lock, you're supposed to have a TSA lock (special key that only TSA people are supposed to have) so they can open your bag if you're chosen.

If you don't have one of the TSA locks and they choose you, they take a bolt cutter to your lock.
 

travbrad

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I guess he'll need that 50k to pay for his health bills: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/308754

"The DHS has publicly mischaracterized the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, stating that NIST "affirmed the safety" of full body scanners. NIST stated that the Institute did not, in fact, test full body scanners for safety, and that the Institute does not do product testing."
 

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Sounds like someone should build a small explosive charge into an ipad and blow a TSA employees hand off for being a slimey crook. Obviously this could horribly backfire but one can dream :D
 

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Yeah, that'd be nice; but the reality is that the airlines disavow any responsibility for any property that is lost or damaged, that's why these guys go for years and not get caught.

I went on a flight with my little sister a few years back. Her large suitcase didn't show up in luggage claim. I went and filed a claim along with a large line of other people.

After a couple days of bugging them and not hearing back, I left a very irritated message for them asking them if they were going to pay to replace the bag and it's contents. The bag showed up on our doorstep the next morning about 4a.m. It had been at the airport the whole time. The person that delivered it had to drive 1.5 - 2 hours to get to our house from the airport.

Like I said, you hold these people responsible and you will get results.
 

Nightbird

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Obviously the answer is to pour money into inventing star trek transporters. Failing that, we'll fall back to inventing magic.
 

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The owner of this website is an obviously a conspirasy theorist AND domestic terrorist for implying that the TSA cannot be trusted. It is blatent propoganda like this that is reason we need the government to regulate the Internet and keep these domestic terrorists from spreading dissonance. Not trusting the government is unconstitutional, and so is believeing the constitution.


Can you at least put locks on your bags that go to baggage or will they use that as an excuse to open them?

No, the TSA (a federal agency) is given authority by their own will to cut or destroy ANY device you put on there to keep them from doing a warrentless search on YOUR property.
 

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its actually kind of a sickening feeling to get your bags from after a flight and open it to find that someone went through all your stuff and its upheaveled.

I have had locks cut before.
 

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No, the TSA (a federal agency) is given authority by their own will to cut or destroy ANY device you put on there to keep them from doing a warrentless search on YOUR property.

Don't act like they're criminals for doing their job. You consent to that search when you purchase the airline ticket (read the fine print: Every piece of baggage that enters the airport to board an airplane (check or carry-on) is subject to search) and affirm that when you show up at the airport with a bag.

Now, I disagree with the authority the TSA is given to do these searches, but to act like your Fourth Amendment rights are being violated is just silly, given that you consent to the search by making the voluntary airline ticket purchase from a private entity (the carrier).

At least argue against the unreasonable searches from a perspective that has a reasonable leg to stand on....
 

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I still don't get the purpose of the TSA...

By their reasoning, all of our airports should be full of terrorists already (because we don't have such "security"). LOLOLOLOL
 

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I haven't been through an airport in years, but I do wonder if you keep all your expensive electronics with your carry on luggage, wouldn't it be safer? Or can the TSA search it out of plain sight as well and just nick stuff just as easily? I seriously don't understand the world we live in these days.
 

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[Tripod]MajorPayne;1037488653 said:
At least argue against the unreasonable searches from a perspective that has a reasonable leg to stand on....
This is definitely what Americans should be demanding to be fixed. The TSA is an organization that violates the fourth amendment tens of thousands of times per day.

This guy (and the other ones who have been caught before him) is the low-hanging fruit. Who knows how many people who aren't idiots get away with... The TSA didn't stop this guy; a concerned airline employee was the one who caught him. The lack of oversight or clear boundaries in the TSA make it a conduit for criminal activities like theft and molestation.
 

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Never let any TSA look through your bags without you being physically there. I always wait till the passenger is infront of me to even open the bag.
 

Ranma

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Considering the TSA has caught more thieves than terrorists (0), it is a wonder why anyone takes them seriously. It's like standing outside in the artic with a necklace and saying it is your totem to keep the alligators away. It is obviously working, because there are no alligators in the artic.
 

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It's for my own protection, so I don't mind that I get groped, x-rayed, robbed, and viewed nude at an airport.

I don't mind giving up all my freedom as long as a terrorist halfway across the world can't take all my freedom away from me!

And yet, when the IRA were blowing up random parts of London, life carried on, the London bombings of June 2005, didn't bother us (excluding the families and friends directly involved), heck I travelled into London for my visa medical, in between the actual bombing and the second attempt.

Heathrow is on high security, but you don't see them crotch fondling infants, or jerking off to your x-ray.
 

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And yet, when the IRA were blowing up random parts of London, life carried on, the London bombings of June 2005, didn't bother us (excluding the families and friends directly involved), heck I travelled into London for my visa medical, in between the actual bombing and the second attempt.

Heathrow is on high security, but you don't see them crotch fondling infants, or jerking off to your x-ray.

lol, however, Germany will give a full patdown to every traveler. Dunno if it's different sensibilities, but I've never cared... but it's kinda annoying that it's selective in the USA.
 

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Never let any TSA look through your bags without you being physically there. I always wait till the passenger is infront of me to even open the bag.
Since when do we have a choice? If TSA takes your bag to another place or room to check it, then what? You follow and get tasered?
 

[Tripod]MajorPayne

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The TSA is an organization that violates the fourth amendment tens of thousands of times per day.

The TSA can't violate your 4th Amendment rights when you consent to have your person and property searched upon arrival to the airport. That's like saying an NDA you SIGNED violates your First Amendment rights to free speech.

I agree that the searches are unreasonable, but they are not arbitrarily forced on you, given that you agree to them when you purchase a ticket and come to the airport. I prefer to argue against it from the perspective of justification - I can't find a justification for the excessive personal intrusion the TSA searches involve; either the backscatter scanners OR the pat-downs. I think they're both overly intrusive for the security they provide, and the backscatter scanners are of dubious safety to passengers and employees over the long-term.
 

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Statistically I bet there is a higher risk of dying because of airlines get cheap with maintenance of the planes than a terrorist bomb. Problem is that people are not as scared when a plane crashes because the airline wanted to save a buck as they are when it crashes because of a bomb.
 

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Since when do we have a choice? If TSA takes your bag to another place or room to check it, then what? You follow and get tasered?

when does TSA even carry tasers lmao? if you see any TSA take your bags to a different room just use something that you were born with, your voice lmao(ask for a Lead or Supervisor). You need to realize we are not the Police(some tsa think they are). I know it would be hard to stop someone that does security on Checked Baggage but you gotta be aware of whats going on with your carry on.
 

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*TSA Employee raising his hand*

Deltek has entered the convo!

Whoa...first one I've seen on this forum.

First off, thanks for doing your job honestly. I don't like TSA much more than anyone here, but I don't blame you for doing a legal job you were hired to do.
 

Deltek

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Whoa...first one I've seen on this forum.

First off, thanks for doing your job honestly. I don't like TSA much more than anyone here, but I don't blame you for doing a legal job you were hired to do.

:)

I have been working for TSA for almost 8 months and it is probably one of my favorite jobs. Get to meet a lot of great passengers, some not so much but that also goes for TSA employees(there are a lot of them that are really miserable and take it out on the passenger which makes me mad and some never even smile once!)
 

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[Tripod]MajorPayne;1037489824 said:
The TSA can't violate your 4th Amendment rights when you consent to have your person and property searched upon arrival to the airport.
The consent still comes through coercion with the threat of violence, where an NDA doesn't. If you attempt to board a plane without consenting to the unreasonable search, you get thrown in jail or worse.
[/quote]I agree that the searches are unreasonable, but they are not arbitrarily forced on you, given that you agree to them when you purchase a ticket and come to the airport. I prefer to argue against it from the perspective of justification - I can't find a justification for the excessive personal intrusion the TSA searches involve; either the backscatter scanners OR the pat-downs. I think they're both overly intrusive for the security they provide, and the backscatter scanners are of dubious safety to passengers and employees over the long-term.[/QUOTE]If police could randomly pull 3% of drivers over and could impound their cars if they didn't consent to a thorough search, there would be an outpouring of rage from the public. Yet TSA gets away with just that.
 
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