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The iPad ended up at his home 30 miles away from the airport

If you plan on traveling via plane with your favorite electronics, make sure they're with you at all times -- or a greedy TSA officer might grab it at the airport.

A recent ABC News investigation busted an Orlando, Florida TSA officer for stealing an iPad that was left behind at a security checkpoint. The TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, was caught on tape handling the iPad at the checkpoint, and through electronic tracking, the same iPad found its way to the TSA officer's home.

ABC News targeted 10 airports around the U.S. that were known for TSA theft during its investigation. At each airport, iPads were purposely left behind at security checkpoints to see whether TSA officers would report the devices to lost and found, or keep them.

At nine of the ten security checkpoints, TSA officers were honest enough to contact the owners of the iPads, who had their name and phone number right on the iPad's case. However, Ramirez at the Orlando airport was the one exception.

After handling the iPad, electronic tracking traced the iPads movement about 30 miles away from the Orlando airport -- right to Ramirez's home. After 15 days and no word on the missing iPad, ABC News went to Ramirez's home and confronted him.

At first, Ramirez denied that he had the missing device. ABC News mentioned that they tracked the device to his home, but only after ABC activated the alarm on the iPad using iCloud did Ramirez finally hand it over.

But instead of admitting that he stole the iPad, he pinned the blame on his wife, saying that she brought it home from the airport and didn't tell him about it.

Ramirez isn't the only TSA officer snatching personal belongings from passengers. According to the TSA, about 381 officers have been fired from 2003-2012 for theft, where 11 have been fired this year alone. Ramirez is now on that list.

"This is the tip of the iceberg," said Rep. John Mica (R-Florida). "It is an outrage to the public, and actually to our aviation system."

The TSA has had many problems over the past few years. Mainly, TSA officers have been a little grabby with passengers while checking them at security, and they've even photographed and stored pictures of passenger's privates. More recently, the TSA has demanded that passengers surrender their drinks for screening of the contents.

Source: ABC News

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RE: Lunch.
By Jeffk464 on 9/28/2012 2:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
What dumb ass risks a cushy government job with retirement and benefits for $500. They should be charged with stupid.

RE: Lunch.
By Jeffk464 on 9/28/2012 2:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
Of course apple might accelerate the demise of flash, so its not all bad.

RE: Lunch.
By nocturne_81 on 9/30/2012 11:36:13 AM , Rating: 2
Are you serious..? There are no 'cushy' gov't jobs, outside of being an elected official, the various seats granted by nepotism and favoritism, and those jobs contracted out to the private sector. The majority of gov't jobs -- part time so absolutely no benefits, and pay at or near to minimum wage.

Average TSA agent salary:
Considering they more than likely have to live near a busy city, the maximum salary of $40k a year doesn't sound very appealing.. Also look at the reported benefits -- out of 27 employees, none reported attaining health insurance.

RE: Lunch.
By Ringold on 9/30/2012 10:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
I pass through my fair share of major airports every year, and can't think of ANY private business I've ever been in where I see so many people appearing to do very little actual work. Even the people on the scanners are usually sitting down; most retail cashiers stand their entire shifts.

WalMart comes close in quality of employees, but those mostly still tend to actively be doing work.

Construction crews might give them a run for their money though, doing government work. I took a great picture on my phone last year of about 6 men in hardhats standing around a hole watching one guy dig down inside it, and that went on for a good 45min. County contractors, expanding a road.

Also had a girl tell me once her and her co-workers would come in every morning, open all the lines in their office, and put them all on hold -- except one. Much less work to do when they could only take one call at a time.

Nearby Sanford airport is about to ditch the TSA. They've been fighting for it for years; they know what most people know, that they can get better customer service at a lower cost by taking competitive bids.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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