Orlando TSA Worker Caught Stealing iPad
September 28, 2012 12:53 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
9/30/2012 11:36:13 AM
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.
9/30/2012 10:06:30 PM
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.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
TSA Agents Demand Passengers Surrender Their Drinks for Screening
September 5, 2012, 12:29 PM
Chinese Boy Sells One of His Kidneys For iPad 2
June 2, 2011, 12:12 PM
TSA Patdown Leaves 6-Year Old in Tears, Gov't Defends Actions
April 14, 2011, 10:01 AM
Senate Moves to Criminalize Sharing of Body Scanner Pics
February 10, 2011, 9:02 AM
Quick Note: Samsung's Request to Dismiss Microsoft Lawsuit is Rejected
November 20, 2014, 12:53 PM
Amazon Offers "The Washington Post" Free for Six Months to Kindle Fire Owners
November 20, 2014, 7:41 AM
Apple Watch Screen Resolution, App Limitations are Laid Bare by Developer Kit
November 19, 2014, 11:31 PM
Apple Replaces “FREE” Label with “GET” on App Downloads in iTunes App Store
November 19, 2014, 5:38 PM
Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone is Only $40 at Best Buy on Black Friday
November 18, 2014, 11:59 AM
Samsung to Slash Number of Smartphone Models by 30 Percent in 2015, Reduce Costs
November 18, 2014, 10:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Austrian Pilots Call Surface 3 Pro Flight Bag a "Dream Come True"
November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Explores Two Paths Back to the Smartphone Market
November 14, 2014, 9:05 PM
Microsoft: All* Lumias Will Get Windows 10; Adds Real-Time Battery Live Tile
November 13, 2014, 6:32 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information