Monday, January 7, 2013

TSA Officer at CLT Terminated for Theft



A former Transportation Security Officer at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) recently stole money from a passenger’s checked bag – a small amount. To be exact, $36.00. Regardless of how little, no amount of theft by a TSA employee is tolerable.  The Agency moved immediately to terminate this individual. To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed.



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41 comments:

SB said...

The TSO was *caught* having stolen $36. Who knows how much else he had stolen that was never reported or for which he was not caught.

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."

Well, Bob, the number of passengers worldwide who have attempted to hide bombs in their shoes and in their underwear represents less than 0.00000001 percent of all passengers who have flown since the TSA was formed. Yet we are all treated as potentially having explosive shoes and clothing.

So, Bob, you can't have it both ways. If the TSA treats every passenger as a potential terrorist because of the actions of fewer than 0.00000001% of all passengers, then passengers will continue to treat every TSO they encounter as a potential thief because of the actions of 0.5% of TSOs.

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Unknown said...

That's definitely a step in the right direction. Any employee who steals from a passenger (no matter how little it is) deserves to be terminated! Hope the ex screener will be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law as well.

Anonymous said...

>> no amount of theft by a TSA employee is tolerable

Yet these incidents continue to happen.

Retail workers generally must use clear bags for their belongings, and are subject to searches by management upon leaving, to discourage employee theft.

It is absolutely mind-boggling that TSOs apparently do not have the same conditions of employment.

Randy said...

It's great that you post this, but please stop attempting to minimize it, which you did three times with the "former" label, and with "just 36.00", and finally with the 1/2 of one percent figure.

Tell us how many and which airports have the worst records so we can be more on guard.

Peace,
Randy

SSSS for some reason said...

So when we quote to you how infinitesimally small a percentage is the chance of terrorism is in modern aviation you claim any amount is too much and you have to do more to protect us.

But....

You then try and tell us that the number of bad apples within your organization is so infinitesimally small a percentage as to be so small it should be ignored.

I believe that becomes proof positive of exactly how little you think about the people you claim to protect. I believe the cliche is trying to have your cake and eat it too.

Anonymous said...

>> less than one-half of one percent of officers

The TSA has around 60,000 employees, so given that rate, we are talking about 300 or so current employees who are more interested than stealing from passengers than assuring their safety.

Or put another day, every day at each airport across the country there is a TSO thief.

Every day, hundreds of passengers are having their belongings pawed through by thieves.

The numbers don't sound so good now, Bob, do they?

Anonymous said...

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."


Can you just tell us the number? This is very vague.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the fact that you terminate employees who have committed theft etc. I believe that you should also turn them and the evidence over to local law enforcement for prosecution.
That would be the right thing to do regardless of the size of the crime.
Jim L of Texas

simon hayes budgen said...

"less than one half of one per cent" - or, to put it another way, "fewer than one out of every 200". Which doesn't sound quite so reassuring.

Anonymous said...

Will this former TSA agent be turned over to the local police and prosecuted for the theft?

I keep reading about TSA theft rings stealing all kinds of things out of baggage and I certainly hope they are all being put in jail as thieves.


Anonymous said...

You could reduce to zero the number of TSA employees caught stealing by prohibiting them from having any personal items while on duty (leaving them locked in a secure locker), subjecting them to security search procedures when coming on duty and going off duty, and providing secure separate locations for storing items seized from passengers.

Anonymous said...

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."

Can you provide the real number?

Anonymous said...

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."

Can you provide the real number of TSA employees terminated for theft?

Anonymous said...

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."

What is the real number of TSA employees fired for theft?

Anonymous said...

one half of one percent is too damned much. Control your dogs, TSA.

kenprice said...

I'm sorry, but termination is not an acceptable punishment in this case. The officer was caught, "this time", but who knows how many times he stole beforehand! This was an abuse of authority, at the least, and probably many additional charges.

Anonymous said...

Bob,

It's a sad and pathetic day in America when a US government employee offers such a pitiful excuse in reponse to theft of taxpayer property. I guess when you have to justify repeated bad behavior, the excuses just get worse.

Anonymous said...

Curtis, care to explain how you all arrived at the statistic that's appeared in every single release you've made about this?

And still nothing on the wheelchair-bound child you terrorized?

RB said...

To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed.

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So what is the total number of TSA workers that have been employed?

Anonymous said...

Please stop calling them "officers." Two weeks training does not make one a law-enforcement officer.

Dan said...

If he only stole $36, one would assume he's been stealing things out of bags habitually before getting caught. We can't even be safe in safe zones.

RB said...

Was the individual charged with a violation of the law or did TSA just let him walk without any legal punishment?

IF no charges were filed then firing alone is not good enough.

I'm sure a cage at Gitmo can be made ready for TSA Thieves!

How many total TSA employees have been employed since TSA inception?

How many have been fired or quit over wrong doing?

Anonymous said...

What percentage of passengers screened with body scanners have had explosives hidden beneath their clothes?

What percentage of passengers whose underwear your screeners have stuck their hands into have had explosives hidden in their underwear?

What percentage of liquids confiscated at your checkpoints have been dangerous?

What percentage of shoes you''ve forced people to remove have had explosives in them?

Or do percentages only count in one direction, Curtis?

Anonymous said...

If I took $36 from your wallet, would you be so flippant as to the "small" amount? You represent the government and your words are dismissive, as if it is barely worth the trouble to fire this individual. The only small thing here is your response.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You could reduce to zero the number of TSA employees caught stealing by prohibiting them from having any personal items while on duty (leaving them locked in a secure locker), subjecting them to security search procedures when coming on duty and going off duty, and providing secure separate locations for storing items seized from passengers.

and how do they eat at work?

Anonymous said...

When in such a public position and under a cameras eye, no matter what the amount of money or item stolen, what is the real reason people steal? And, when hiring a human,is there anyway to know if they are likely to do so?

Anonymous said...

0.5% of TSA employees fired for theft is a lot higher than the percentage of passengers who are terrorists. I say all passengers should treat every TSA worker as a potential thief since theft by the TSA is much more likely to happen than a terrorist attack. If the TSA is going to treat every passenger as if they are a terrorist, we should treat them as thieves. It's the same "guilty until proven innocent" that the TSA inflicts upon passengers.

You are more likely to die driving to the airport than while on a plane. You are more likely to get struck by lightning or slip and die in your bathtub than be killed by a terrorist.

Anonymous said...

Im sure that tsa is makeing progress on new luggage technology that will prevent lost luggage, theft and the problems people face with loseing luggage..

Anonymous said...

Oh come on people PLEASE. Your over reacting because some officer was ACCUSSED of stealing $36 from some lady's purse. He is innocent until proven guilty. The lady could have been making it up because she didn't like having to go thru security... tough!! We all have to do our part to make sure our country and way of life is safe. I personally think the officers do a GRATE job and would give them tips if I could!!!!

Anonymous said...

In the past the TSA would not reveal any action they took against an employee because it violated employee privacy laws. Why the change?

Anonymous said...

Theft is found in all occupations. I'm glad TSA is finding their's and weeding them out. Thanks for all you do.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Oh come on people PLEASE. Your over reacting because some officer was ACCUSSED of stealing $36 from some lady's purse. He is innocent until proven guilty. The lady could have been making it up because she didn't like having to go thru security... tough!! We all have to do our part to make sure our country and way of life is safe. I personally think the officers do a GRATE job and would give them tips if I could!!!!

January 8, 2013 1:01 PM
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"The Agency moved immediately to terminate this individual."

So TSA employee Anon are you suggesting that it is ok for a TSA screener to steal?

First off it wasn't a ladies purse. It was checked luggage per the TSA post.

Second, if they were only accused of stealing then why did TSA move to fire the individual unless TSA has solid evidence of wrongdoing?

Third, a typical TSA ploy of trying to blame the traveler just won't wash. Let's hold TSA to the high standards they claim (and fail) to embrace.

This was another case of many of TSA employee theft. $1 or $1,000, it is still theft and the TSA employee should be prosecuted on top of being fired.

RB said...

"To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed."
Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team


Bob to add some context just how many people has TSA employeed?

Also, how many passengers screened by TSA have been identified as a terrorist? Would the answer to that questions be ZERO PERCENT?

Anonymous said...

$36 is not a small amount. And what about the TSO that steal things other than money? Why cant you find them and get them fired? The value of items stolen from checked baggage is sometimes greater than monetary value. Im just saying Id like to know the security precautions for keeping our bags safe from airport employees and TSO.

Anonymous said...

$36.00 is not comparable to a potential terrorist. Theft is theft and it is intolerable but any amount of potential terrorism is too much. That's thousands of lives. This is nothing.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
$36.00 is not comparable to a potential terrorist. Theft is theft and it is intolerable but any amount of potential terrorism is too much. That's thousands of lives. This is nothing.

January 10, 2013 12:53 PM
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Anonymous, you are so wrong as to not even be entertaining.

Theft by TSA employees is a form of terrorism.

Travelers have no choice but to comply with the secret TSA rules that are enforced differently by each TSA screener.

Travelers are forced to leave their bags unlocked and accessible to TSA yet TSA makes sure to open and pilfer our property out of sight of the traveler.

TSA is a Terrorist Organization.

Anonymous said...

> $36.00 is not comparable to a potential terrorist

So you're saying that the TSA agents should feel free to help themselves to our personal belongings because they're providing a public service?

Tony said...

I travel quite a bit and sometimes have to put my laptop in my checked baggage. With security software like Devicetrack "dot net" the stolen computers can immediately located by the owner and reported to the Police for recovery!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this is why the TSA moved to have him fired so soon after getting caught, he stole from passengers before!

http://www.examiner.com/article/outrage-tsa-screener-arrested-twice-for-stealing-still-on-the-job

(If this article is correct. Do you know, Bob?)

Wintermute said...

Tony said...
"I travel quite a bit and sometimes have to put my laptop in my checked baggage. With security software like Devicetrack "dot net" the stolen computers can immediately located by the owner and reported to the Police for recovery!"

Two issues. First, is that meant to excuse TSA theft? And second, *IF* the police decide to act on the information you provide them. They don't always (as the information you provide them isn't enough "probable cause" for a search warrant in most cases)


Anonymous said...

Too bad TSA never answers any of the excellent questions asked in this section.
More disregard and arrogance towards their "customers".