Arrested TSA Employee TSA Agent Caught Stealing $5K at JFK: WSJ

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by CelticWhisper, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I still think the Saudi Islamic method of punishment is suited (loss of right hand) at a min if not public execution. Screw jail more permanent reminder is needed for these vermin.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    So this female TSA thief tucks the cash into a glove and heads off to the restroom.

    Any guesses on just where that money disappeard too?
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  3. I wonder how thoroughly they screened her "sensitive areas".
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  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA Thieves have had a background check and never get screened.

    edit to add:

    I think it is time to drop all pretenses about the role of TSA Thieves and we can all drop the screener title since it is not descriptive of the job..
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  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    That is a great demotivator.
  7. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach


    Maybe we should start printing these poster sized and hang them around airports in an act of civil disobedience.
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  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member


    Shorter (but hopefully sweeter?) than most of mine, but I have a few more in the works and I'm finding myself needing to conserve some of my rhetorical fuel. If anyone wants to flesh this letter out a bit, feel more than free. I love that TUG can serve as a think-tank for Congressional correspondence. All of us are more able than any single one of us.

    As usual, I waive all copyright and claims to ownership, use as you see fit, consider public domain.
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Shared "tips"? protection money? It certainly indicates others involved.
    A crime spree of one, no doubt.
  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    My tweaks:

    Dear «Title» «Last_Name»,

    I am writing to bring to your attention another incident of TSA misconduct.

    On Feb. 2, New York police reported that TSA screener Alexandra Schmid was caught stealing $5,000 from the coat pocket of a passenger at JFK International Airport.

    The Wall Street Journal article detailing the scenario can be read online at

    TSA has responded by stating: "We do hold our officers to very high standards, and we have a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace."

    The recent rash of thefts, however, as well as the frequency with which TSA must make excuses for its workforce should give us all pause to consider just how high the agency’s standards really are. So many instances of wrongdoing suggest that these actions are not the product of what TSA refers to as a “bad apple” employee or an “isolated incident.” Rather, they are the product of an agency with abysmally low standards for personal and professional integrity – standards that the TSA has decided are better habitually lied about than corrected.

    Further proof of the fact that TSA has a systemic problem of employee misconduct is available at

    The continued existence of an agency that perpetrates such abusive acts against the American public is unjustifiable, even when weighed against the desire to prevent terrorism. In light of this, I ask that you do everything you can to see the TSA abolished and airport security returned to the hands of those better suited to handle it.

    Sincerely Yours,
  11. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Great! Letter updated, thanks!
  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Just my 2 cents.
  13. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

  14. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    In a pissy mood I guess, but it really burns me this woman was caught on video, then booked, and is only suspended and no mugshots are to be found. NY law?
    (While mugshots of pre-terr'ist minors are plastered in the press...)
  15. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Call me stupid but is the letter on a link available for download?
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I believe she was actually arrested. Mugshots are public records, but some jurisdictions do a better job of making them available; NYC isn't one of them. There are independent web sites devoted to ferreting them out & publishing them -- eventually we'll see it.
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Oh, no, I haven't done that with most of these. I was going to post the text of the final revision here for general use once it's perfected.

    The current status is:
  18. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member


    "...see the TSA abolished and airport security returned to the hands of those suited to handle it."

    "...better suited..." implies that the TSA is in any way suited to handle security. They're not.
  19. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Succinct comment from a reader of the Lehigh Valley News: What crime says about some TSA employees

  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    More likely, TSA employees believe that the cameras are not working, or that the footage will be "lost."

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