TSA screener busted for stealing iPads, laptops from luggage [JFK]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    TSA screeners are doing their holiday shopping in your luggage.
    Port Authority cops on Tuesday busted a crooked 32-year-old TSA screener for stealing iPads and laptops from checked baggage at JFK Airport as part of a sting into the increasing problem of sticky-fingered screeners.
    Screener Sean J. Henry of Brooklyn was arrested leaving the airport Tuesday with two Port Authority GPS-equipped “bait iPads,” a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and possibly another laptop in his bag; a stolen Apple laptop was also found in his home, according to a law enforcement source.
    Henry was charged with larceny, possession of stolen property, and official misconduct. He is awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court.
    The PAPD sting had been put in place to address “an on-going theft problem of passengers’ valuables handled by TSA at the airport,” according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case.
    The bust is the latest blow to the beleaguered agency. Earlier this year, there were as many as 40 TSA screeners dismissed from Newark Airport for failing to properly conduct their screening duties, and in some cases, sleeping on the job.
    The sting comes after New York Sen. Chuck Shumer called on the agency to conduct stings and to subject screeners to the same searches as passenger when they leave work to make sure they aren’t looting luggage.
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  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Just in time for Christmas.
  3. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I like Shumer's idea about subjecting the screeners to the same searches as passengers when they leave work - but....... who exactly would do that?
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  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Real cops. That way they can immediately go from search to arrest.

    Probable cause? If you're a Freedom Fluffer that's all the PC I require.
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  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Wonder how much passenger loot he's grabbed in the last TEN YEARS. Hmm, one clerk...:rolleyes: X...
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  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I don't think that's possible - real cops can't search people without that pesky "probable cause."
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  7. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Somebody's seeing the light. We need for more politicians and law enforcement officials to wake up to the reality in our airports that's also trying to encroach elsewhere.
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    How about some Marines. They are always looking for new areas of deployment.
  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Not sure on that one, either, since the Marines seem to hold core values like "honor" and "discipline" and "defend the Constitution" more dearly than either the TSA (guffaw - TSA employees have never heard of or simply cannot comprehend any of those three) or the "real police."
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    They would just need appropriate orders. If they were to find a TSA screener with any form of contraband or if they gave a marine some lip the marine is authorized to resolve the issue for maximum effect. I would be willing to bet any problems from TSA employees would disappear overnight.
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  12. TSA News Blog

    TSA News Blog News Feed

    Once again, a TSA screener has been caught stealing from passengers’ luggage.​
    As we’ve written now more times than I can count, this isn’t the first time. And it won’t be the last.​
    The stolen items of choice this time were, once again, iPads. A 32-year-old screener named Sean Henry was the sticky-fingered TSA agent Keeping You Safe, as he apparently pocketed your expensive electronics.​
    But, again, since so many Americans are unperturbed by the bullying, harassment, and assault that TSA agents perpetrate every day, perhaps they’ll be more upset when their precious electronic gadgets go missing.
    Gotta have your priorities.
    (Photo: Yukata Tsutano/Flickr Creative Commons)
  13. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I would reup for that!
  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Marines certainly do hold values of honor and discipline, and so it wouldn't be out of line for them to police dishonorable and undisciplined individuals who could arguably be seen as a domestic threat to the Constitution.

    How many times have we heard of TSClerks shoving passengers in disputes? Wanna start a pool on how long that altercation would last against a Marine trained in hand-to-hand combat?
  15. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    TSO with 10 years service thievery. Too bad this one will miss the luau:
    With a portrait for Mike.:D
    Comment at the story:
  16. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    A pool? Great!
    Can we guess in nanosecond increments?
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Reason: TSA Agents Really Like Your iPads (Dec 7 2012)

    It seems the TSA has a problem with sticky-fingered agents who like to swipe Apple products, particularly iPads. The latest case in point: at agent at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport is the latest to be charged with stealing traveler’s iPads. It’s but one example of iPad pilferage by some of our nation’s “security” officials.

    TSA baggage screener Sean Henry reportedly was caught leaving the airport with two iPads after a joint TSA and Port Authority sting, according to ABC News. Officials used the iPad’s own GPS tracking mechanism to keep tabs on the tablet and pinpoint the thief.
  18. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  19. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Good, I want every single one of them caught and removed and then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am glad to see TSA running joint ops like this and hope they run more of them. There is simply no excuse for theft, if it ain't yours, it ain't yours.

    I will say again, I have no problem screening entering or exiting or both.
  20. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Hey West - I see that Ronnie responded to this thread and says he "actually read" the press coverage of this. That could be a first for him! :D

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