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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 wickyman on 9/28/2012 3:52:14 PM , Rating: 0
It's a sad day when a valid argument is down rated because people simply dislike the person making the argument. It is a fact that Adobe no longer supports the mobile version of flash they initially introduced for phones and tablets, and that includes the version for Android. Adobe will not support flash on Android 4.1 either, in fact their official stance is if you upgrade to Jellybean you should UNINSTALL flash player. Yes it may still work, but when the developer of the software takes such a stance, I think it REALLY is time to stop with the "flash is important" mantra. Apple doesn't need to support it when Android doesn't support it, and when Adobe doesn't support it. South Park Studio's website will be updated to the modern standard eventually, but like many websites that operate under the umbrella of a corporate overlord the administrators who are probably desperate to overhaul things don't have a say in the matter.

Besides, it's not as though you can't actually support Comedy Central and buy a season pass for South Park through iTunes anyway. If you buy a $500 tablet then you can probably afford to buy the media you consume on it as well. The South Park creators offer their shows for free on their site as a service to fans, but they would still like people to buy their shows, merchandise, and movies as well. I for one have loved canceling my cable in favor of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and buying/renting my favorite shows and movies to enjoy commercial free. It is a better experience for me, I get only what I want, and I support only the content creators that I want.

RE: Lunch.
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2012 5:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
Except Steve Jobs made that decision years ago when Flash was the ONLY viable alternative. At that point in time the majority of all web content was in Flash (YouTube etc etc), and iOS users couldn't access it. It was an incredibly arrogant decision that detracted from his customers experiences, NOT enhance them.

Besides, it's not as though you can't actually support Comedy Central and buy a season pass for South Park through iTunes anyway.

lol wow. That's just brilliant....sigh. No wonder you support Tony, you're as hopelessly locked-in to the Apple machine as he is.

Dude get a clue, I'm with some friends and I just want to load up a website and watch something. Freaking iTunes? You're off the deep end!

RE: Lunch.
By wickyman on 9/29/2012 9:04:35 AM , Rating: 1
Steve Jobs had the authority to make that decision, perhaps if the leaders of other companies could be so bold the other tech giants might be able to compete with the likes of Apple and Google today. But instead, the ones who do offer products are second rate at best. As it turned out, Steve Jobs was right because Adobe killed mobile flash, and today offer conversion tools even for the desktop version. Apple made the right move, get over it.

And as much as you may believe I am "locked in to the Apple Machine" my physical bluray collection (which is ripped to my server) vastly outweighs my digital purchased library which consists mostly of music. Not all of which is from iTunes either, I make purchases from Amazon as well. I prefer to enjoy my favorite movies and tv shows commercial free, which is why anything older is either ripped from a physical disk I own, or viewed through Netflix or Amazon Prime. Any new show I cannot watch online, yes I will simply buy through iTunes/Amazon or the creators website (if available). I favor iTunes when I am on my iPad because making purchases there is a lot easier, however if Amazon is able to improve their Instant Video app things may change.

But if that is "locked in to the Apple Machine" then I guess you and I have a vastly different understanding of what it means to be "locked in" to something. Mine would be text book and yours seems to be based in the magical kingdom from which you reign...

There is nothing wrong with supporting content creators through buying their content directly instead of simply viewing it on TV. I can't stand viewing shows on cable any more because I grew sick of the ads interrupting the content every few minutes. I am different than you, this may come as a shock but not everyone is the same.

RE: Lunch.
By spread on 9/30/2012 8:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
There is nothing wrong with supporting content creators through buying their content directly instead of simply viewing it on TV.

He said on their website. Websites are not TV. Thanks.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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