Disturbing trend: TSA agents vandalizing travelers’ property

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has taken a lot of flak lately for numerous instances of thievery. But I’d like to shine a light another TSA offense – vandalism of traveler’s property.
    As administrator of the Twitter account @TSArants, I’ve documented a lot of complaints about the TSA – more than 20,000 over the last 10 months. That’s just a small sample of all the complaints on Twitter about TSA.
    Mixed in with the usual complaints about TSA sexual molestation and thuggery are quite a few reports about TSA agents breaking stuff. I have seen numerous reports of broken luggage and bicycles and dropped notebook computers.
    But the vandalism I find most disturbing are the cases were TSA agents open a bottle of shampoo or other liquid in a traveler’s suitcase and dump it all over their clothes. This sort of behavior is mean-spirited and juvenile, to say the least.
    I can picture TSA agents having a good laugh as they pour perfume over a traveler’s clothes in a suitcase they’re inspecting. Then, to top it off, they throw in the standard form that says the bag has been inspected by the TSA.
    It’s bad enough that TSA agents steal from luggage they’re inspecting, but vandalizing someone’s personal items is just nasty.
    On Oct. 6, Caleb Bachman of Oklahoma tweeted that his luggage had been violated.
    “Just got home and found that our checked bag was opened and subsequently pillaged by TSA. Broken/damaged items, ruined clothes, etc. Awesome,” he wrote.
    On Oct. 10, Twitter user @MereMir wrote, “Dear TSA, thanks for ruining a $200 amazing bottle of perfume I got for my birthday and spilling it all over my new birthday gifts. Really appreciate and look forward to our next meeting.” She included a photo of the empty perfume bottle and a TSA Notice of Baggage Inspection. (See her Instagram photo above.)
    Also on Oct. 10, Deb Roundtree wrote, “So, I wonder if the TSA purposely dumped a bottle of shampoo inside of my luggage yesterday.”

    On Oct. 11, Michael Creasy of San Francisco wrote, “My bag was ‘inspected’ by the TSA. They didn’t bother to re-wrap the jar of BBQ sauce in my bag. So it smashed. Ruined clothes.”

    On Oct. 13, Stephanie Reed of Danville, Va., tweeted that a shampoo bottle had been opened and spilled all over her clothes in her checked luggage. And the lid from a pill bottle also was left open. (See her Instagram photo at the top of this article.)
    On Oct. 14, Craig L. Chapman wrote, “Dear #TSA this is the second laptop screen you broke. Your carelessness and ineffectiveness is a burden to this nation.” He included a photo with his post. (See below.)
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  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Given the level of "care" shown when handling passengers' bodies, who's surprised when they do the same or worse to belongings?
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Nothing short of assault expresses more hostility than vandalism. A thief might have a profit motive, but it's clear a vandal only seeks to harm the property owner.

    I really loathe vandals.
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  4. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    And I loathe the TSA.
  5. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    And I don't understand why people keep putting their persons and possessions in reach of these felons on a voluntary basis when they know better?...
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach


    Have not been on an airplane since 27 Dec 2010.
  7. This is a very easy one for the TSA to deny. Who hasn't, at one time, had a shampoo or something explode in their bag, by nobody's fault except maybe their own. It's pretty obvious that TSA assclowns are doing most of this stuff, but it won't matter unless someone sees them do it. Even then, it probably won't matter.

    I don't understand why we have collectively accepted the idea that it's fine for anyone to be going through our bags, especially with no video oversight, which is the case in many of these airports. In all of these efforts to have a "Travelers Bill of Rights", I would like to see a line item that says nobody opens our bags without us present. And I could give a damn what kind of infrastructural problems that causes -- it isn't like the nudie scanners haven't snarled airport layouts and screwed up the spaces.
  8. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Come on guys, we all know the chant : "All Proper procedures were followed."
  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    First of all, why is there no video surveillance of the baggage screening area? They have cameras everywhere that we go.

    It can't be SSI since they filmed it for an episode of that PoS Larry the Cable Guys America. However, they did cut the scene where the Cable Guy kisses the asses of the TSA thieves.

    They know it happens but don't care is the only rational explanation.
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Shortly after I retired from the military I found myself in need of a job. I hired on with a local retailer. When I started cash registers had little control, no video or such to monitor employee behavior. At some point cameras were positioned above each register so that video of each transaction was made.

    Why can't TSA, and airports/airlines since they have a vested interested in baggage handling processes, place cameras above each inspection station? Wouldn't doing so protect TSA employees from charges of theft or other crime? I can only conclude that TSA senior management condones theft and vandalizing by TSA employees. They certainly seem unwilling to take steps to stop these crimes.
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  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That much is self-evident.

    They want the authority. They do not want the accountability.
  12. They have an easy out -- it's the baggage handler's fault, it's your own fault for bad packing, it wasn't like that when we opened the bag. There's apparently no need to protect their employees because they can't (or won't) be caught. There's no need to be accountable because nobody can hold them accountable.
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  13. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Last place I worked the owners of the small business could watch us at work from their home computer.
  14. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Oh, but employees' of private firms have not gone through the extensive vetting process requried to be a federal TSA employee...yadda,yadda,yadda...:rolleyes:
  15. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    There are exceptions JoeBas. When I arrive at my destination, and open my tool box, I usually find my electrical meters in the 'ON' position, flashlights on and shining dimly, pouches left un zipped, and occasional damage from not being replaced in the box properly. They're a$$holes, plain & simple.
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  16. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I would hope that you file a complaint each and every time you find that your property has been improperly handled and/or damaged by the "Thugs Searching Americans"...?
  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I thought it was "Testicle-Slapping Asshats?"
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  18. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    There are so many definitions of the acronym TSA (They'll Steal Anything) (and I like almost all of them) that I have decided to use a different one each time I refer to that Thuggish (expletive deleted) Agency! :D
  19. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    There is a reason why professional travelers send their luggage FedEx.
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