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It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Channel 9′s Justin Gray found out it’s a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed.

A TSA spokesman told Gray that all of the TSA agents in Orlando are being shown copies of District of Columbia driver’s license.

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San Jose International Airport is surrounded by fences. Some sections are not barbed and can be scaled. The boy also managed to slip past massive video surveillance, German shepherds and Segway-riding police officers.

Employees who monitor security video feeds never saw the boy enter the airport or walk up to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45.

The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the left rear wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday, according to the FBI. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen climbed into the left rear wheel well of the first plane he saw in San Jose.

He passed out in the air and didn’t regain consciousness until an hour after the plane landed in Hawaii, Simon said. When he came to, he climbed out of the wheel well and was immediately seen by airport personnel who escorted him inside where he was interviewed by the FBI, Simon said.

Authorities are now looking at their security system and why he was never seen.

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The Transportation Safety Administration recently opened a new security model to the public. The agency says it wants to move away from a screening process that’s “one-size-fits-all.” Their answer: The Pre-check program. But what, exactly, are TSA officials checking?

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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 backpack.

This is yet another warning that if you are going to carry that much cash, or any valuables, with you when you fly, keep it with you. DO NOT check it in your luggage. You can’t watch the bag and you have no control over the sticky fingers that are going to search your bag. If you have it with you, you will know immediately if it’s been tampered with because the TSA does that too.

The TSA released their usual statement that they don’t tolerate theft, but this time added that they were moving to fire Velazquez.

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