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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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