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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9/30/2012 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.
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