Cops: TSA Agent Took $50K in Electronics From Bags

He allegedly sold iPads, cameras online—often before his shift ended
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2011 4:56 PM CDT
Cops: TSA Agent Stole $50K Worth of Passengers' Electronics
Air travelers retrieve their baggage after inspection in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

Passengers traveling through a Florida airport might have noticed their luggage feeling a little lighter upon landing. Police say a TSA agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was caught shoving a passenger's iPad down his pants, and that's just the beginning, reports CBS Miami. The agent—responsible for screening luggage at the airport—is accused of stealing $50,000 worth of electronics from passengers over the past six months.

He allegedly would post the items for sale online and often have them sold before his shift ended. After an airline employee reported that he put an iPad in his pants, he was fired and charged with grand theft. “You kind of trust these guys to go through our stuff and make sure everything’s safe," says one passenger. "Not [to] steal anything." (More airport stories.)

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