Angel Velazquez, 59, is accused of stealing $8500 from a woman’s luggage at O’Hare International Airport. Prosecutors in court Wednesday said a 48-year-old woman put the cash in her suitcase and checked the bag as she took a flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in mid-November. When she arrived at her undisclosed destination, she realized the money was missing. Prosecutors said that agent Velazquez was caught on surveillance video going through the woman’s suitcase. He allegedly found the cash, stashed it in a garbage can and later retrieved it and put it in his own […]
Alexandra Schmid was convicted Friday in the Queens Supreme Court of stealing money from passengers’ luggage at Kennedy Airport. Alexandra Schmid was working as a Transportation Security Administration officer when Dr. Imrana Ali and her family were boarding a flight to India on Dec. 9, 2011, officials said. Schmid, 34, separated Ali’s family from their luggage for 15 minutes. When they got their belongings back, Schmid bizarrely insisted she never touched their stuff, according to prosecutors. The family had to rush to make their flight. Once on board they discovered $6,000 in cash was missing […]
Six months after due process hearings began into lax screening at Newark Liberty International Airport, the TSA has fired four, suspended 32, and exonerated six. “Accountability is an important aspect of our work and TSA takes prompt and appropriate action with any employee who does not follow procedures or engages in misconduct,” Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, said in a statement. “TSA can assure travelers that measures have been in place to ensure bags on flights out of Newark are properly screened since TSA first learned of this situation in December 2011.” The dismissals and […]
It only took one in ten tries before a TSA worker stole an iPad left behind by an undercover investigation by ABC News. 1 in 10. That’s a 10% failure rate. The ABC News report, which included footage of a TSA officer who appeared to have taken an iPad left behind on purpose at the Orlando airport, “is another eye-opening example of how this bloated security agency cannot properly recruit, train and oversee a ballooning 65,000 person workforce,” said Mica. ABC News chose Orlando because of the high number of complaints from passengers and the […]
From WFAA: Police suspect Clayton Keith Dovel, a Transportation Security Administration baggage inspector at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal E, of stealing iPads from checked luggage. Here’s a tip folks, don’t put electronics in checked luggage. The TSA workers cannot be trusted.