So I remember when the airport screener first got federalized we all of the sudden started hearing stories about TSA agents making off with all of the leathermans/ nail clippers that they had confiscated from those passengers who had accidentally brought some sort of contraband into the airport. In fact when I flew to New York in 2004 I bought one of those statue of liberty lighters where the flame comes out of the torch, I called the airline to ask if I needed to do anything special with it and the nice lady told me that, “Those sort of things are better in your carry on bag since they are not banned (at that time) and they tend to walk away from checked baggage”
Well now it turns out that two TSA agents decided to just steal 39,000 in cash from a passengers luggage.
Coumar allegedly X-rayed a passenger’s bag and found cash inside. Coumar told Webb, who allegedly marked it with tape, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Coumar then located the marked bag in a luggage area, took out cash that he hid before taking it home, Brown said.
After getting the tip, authorities said they found roughly $40,000 stashed at the homes of Coumar and Webb.
Police said the men confessed to other thefts that could total as much as another $160,000.
None of this really surprises me and I am sure now that TSA is unionizing that things like this will continue to happen and their supporters will explain that this is just a few bad apples and blah..blah…blah. The article says that these guys can face up to 7yrs in prison which frankly seems like very light to me but I am sure that they will end up doing less than 18months.
But wait there is more
It turns out that at the begining of January 2 agents were arrested at LAX one for using drugs and the other for acting nuts and going off the deep end.
A TSA agent was arrested on January 3rd in Terminal One at LAX, a source told NBCLA. He had just gotten off duty and was behaving erratically, saying, “I am god, I’m in charge.”
Meanwhile, a TSA Internal Affairs investigation turned up evidence of LAX TSA agents using drugs at an after-hours party.
Should be interesting to see what else comes out soon.