TSA agent admits to stealing cash from passenger as punishment

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. TSA News Blog

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    As we’ve noted several times, TSA agents often act out of petulance and pique. Because they have absolute power, they can abuse it. And they do.​
    The latest example of this is the guilty plea from TSA agent John W. Irwin. As Press TV reports, Irwin stole $520 from a passenger because the passenger wasn’t deferential enough to him.
    A former TSA worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of obedience.
    60-year-old John W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition.
    When TSA agents ordered the man undergo the pat down in a private room, he complained but agreed to do so.
    The man placed $520 in cash in a gray plastic bin before accompanying the TSA agents to the private room. When he returned, the money was gone, with Irwin having hidden it in a TSA supervisor’s drawer.
    I’ve called the TSA’s antics obedience training. And have provided abundant examples of it. What will it take, I wonder, for people to get it through their heads that this is what’s going on?
    (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/jollyUK)
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  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Someone linked it on Fark, and it's gone live.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Just wondering, is there a Pro-TSA forum anywhere?
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well, I meant a discussion forum. Was curious to see how they lie to each other.
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    You're looking for the union forums?
  7. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    TSA can take anything they want, tell you anything they want, do anything they want and if you dare do something they don't like this is what happens. How did we become a bunch of cowards afraid to stand up to these bullies simply because we are afraid they will keep us off a plane. Except in an emergency and some specific situations what can't be delayed or rescheduled that would be more important than standing up for your rights to be treated decently by people who work for us? What is going on with the TSA is because most passengers tolerate it and TSA takes advantage of that fact.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That "other place" that many of us left behind ~16-17 months ago. I quit posting there when were told we couldn't criticize Blogdad Bob because he was a member in good standing.
  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    There probably is, but you have to prove you're a Pedosmurf/Freedom Fluffer to join. Much like policeone.com, but at least the rest of us can read their filth.
  10. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Really is amazing how much better a community we have in TUG as compared to that pro-TSA place.

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