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.
The iPad was one of ten purposely left behind at TSA checkpoints at major airports with a history of theft by government screeners, as part of an ABC News investigation into the TSA’s ongoing problem with theft from passengers.
“In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings”
Paraphrasing a Redditor: the TSA isn’t about keeping us safe, it’s about keeping us compliant. It isn’t surprising to me that people who work for TSA will abuse the authority they’re given; it’s surprising to me that this doesn’t happen more frequently.
That’s a 70% failure rate to do its job, hundreds of documented incidents of theft, and intense invasions of your personal privacy every single time you have to fly somewhere. And Congress wants to put these clowns in train and bus stations, too.