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Rampant theft at the TSA

A former Transportation Security Administration agent who spent three years in jail for stealing from passenger luggage told ABC News that the practice “was very commonplace.” Pythias Brown, who worked at Newark International Airport, said he stole more than $800,000 worth of goods from luggage and security checkpoints. He was finally caught when he tried to sell a stolen CNN camera on eBay but forgot to take off all the stickers that tied the camera to the news network.

"It became so easy, I got complacent," Brown said. Almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers over the past decade.

My assumption is that if they caught 400 with enough evidence to survive civil service grievance procedures, at least 4000 must be stealing. It's like Goodfella's II.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.slyfield Matthew Slyfield

    "My assumption is that if they caught 400 with enough evidence to survive civil service grievance procedures, at least 4000 must be stealing."
    You are probably low by at least an order of magnitude.

  • davesmith001

    I can't believe the TSA is firing them.

  • http://cutthemalarkey.com/ Vic Kelley

    I'm already tired of hearing and seeing the colored TSA crook. He is a corrupt ex-official who doesn't look ashamed. Watch him as he is interviewed. There's nothing there but a smart ass who diminishes his own guilt by saying "everybodys be doin' it gnomesane?" Stop putting cameras and microphones in front of him.

  • Don

    "You cannot professionalize if you don't federalize."

    Silly us, we thought they were talking about security, when they were talking about criminality. I'm wondering, is the new union they are trying to start the BoPAT ("Brotherhood of Professional Airport Theives")? Or maybe they are D&D fans, and will just call it the "Thieves Guild".

    Of course, it could also be MI ("Molesters International"). Or just Porn-R-Us (or maybe that should be "Porn-R-You"?).

    The jokes just write themselves where the TSA is concerned.

  • whomever

    What's really scary is that a TSA employee who is willing to steal is presumably also willing to take a bribe to smuggle something in, or allow someone else to smuggle something in. The terrorist won't say it's a bomb, of course, they'll say it's drugs or illicit cash or something.