Orlando TSA Worker Caught Stealing iPad
September 28, 2012 12:53 PM
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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.
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.
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,
went to Ramirez's home and confronted him.
At first, Ramirez denied that he had the missing device.
mentioned that they tracked the device to his home, but only after
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.
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9/28/2012 3:26:56 PM
I would love if it my operating system still supported DOS. It doesn't, so I use DOSBox. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn't drop support for a once-popular technology until there is third-party software that can support it for your customers who still need it.
9/30/2012 11:25:01 AM
AFAIK, any modern computer still supports DOS.. You can still install and run it, though networking and optical drive support would be a bit iffy if you're not a pro at editting your config.sys and autoexec.bat files.
Operating systems don't 'support' DOS -- it's an operating system itself, with a pure cli shell. If all you want is DOS cli, the command prompt still does most of what it's supposed to; and otherwise there are a plethora of DOS emulators.
As for customers who still 'need' it.. Enough already! I'm tired of dealing with governmental entities whose antiquated systems are running the same insecure database software they had developed nearly 3 decades ago, which at best simply have a gui 'port' to make them seem slightly modern. Here in Ohio, the majority of municipalities (along with the entireity of the state gov't) use the OPERS 'suite' of billing/payroll/recordkeeping software; which relies on the MS Fox database engine from back in the 80s, storing unencrypted data into easily readable db files. Sounds like a great way to stores hundreds of thousands of workers' personal/financial info on, huh..?
9/30/2012 2:28:45 PM
Operating systems absolutely do support DOS. OS/2 ran DOS software. Windows 95, 98 and Me could run DOS software from the DOS prompt, or boot into DOS mode if you needed full compatibility (WinMe didn't support real mode DOS from the DOS prompt). Windows XP "supported" DOS in every sense of the word, since it was an NT operating system and did not run on top of DOS. Windows XP ran DOS software in a VDM (Virtual DOS Machine). To this day, eComStation continues to run DOS software.
When one operating system can run the software of another operating system without third-party software, I call that "support".
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