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The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft
ABC News (the Blotter) ^ | Oct. 23, 2012 | MEGAN CHUCHMACH

Posted on 10/23/2012 1:46:00 PM PDT by Renfield

Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside? The TSA has fired nearly 400 employees for allegedly stealing from travelers, and for the first time, the agency is revealing the airports where those fired employees worked.

Newly released figures provided to ABC News by the TSA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that, unsurprisingly, many of the country's busiest airports also rank at the top for TSA employees fired for theft.

Sixteen of the top 20 airports for theft firings are also in the top 20 airports in terms of passengers passing through.....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: crime; government; tsa; tsapervs

1 posted on 10/23/2012 1:46:00 PM PDT by Renfield
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1. Miami International Airport (29)

2. JFK International Airport (27)

3. Los Angeles International Airport (24)

4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (17)

5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (15)

6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York-Laguardia Airport (14 each)

8. Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, and Seattle-Tacoma International airports (12 each)

11. Orlando International Airport (11)

12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport (10 each)

14. Washington Dulles International Airport (9)

15. Detroit Metro Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (7)

17. Boston-Logan International, Denver International and San Diego International airports (6)

20. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (5)


2 posted on 10/23/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
Over 400 employees fired for theft (and those are just the ones they caught)

Maybe they should lose their Contract, oh that's right, they are Federal Workers

Thanks W, helluv a job.

3 posted on 10/23/2012 1:48:51 PM PDT by Rome2000 (NO ONE IN ROMNEYS DIRECT LINE HAS EVER SERVED THE UNITED STATES IN UNIFORM 170 YEARS)
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To: Renfield

So if Al Qaeda was willing to spend, say $250,000 each to a few TSA agents, I just wonder how much contraband they could get aboard an airplane?

I feel so much safer already.


4 posted on 10/23/2012 1:52:10 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Rome2000

TSA at Las Vegas McCurran confiscated my Gerber multitool that had a small pocketknife blade that I’d mistakenly left in my carry on luggage. They mailed it to me at home about 5 weeks later to my great surprise.


5 posted on 10/23/2012 1:54:30 PM PDT by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: Renfield

People want to take what someone else worked hard to get. That’s Obama’s class warfare.


6 posted on 10/23/2012 1:54:59 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Renfield

I didn’t even have to look, but I knew Newark would be there.


7 posted on 10/23/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: PGR88
So if Al Qaeda was willing to spend, say $250,000 each to a few TSA agents, I just wonder how much contraband they could get aboard an airplane?

This is definitely an area where W leaned left. TSA is a poster child for the "Symbolism Over Substance" charge we have always leveled at liberals.

Nobody in Washington cares if the TSA is effective or not. It was important for the feds to "do something."

As the only hammer in the government's toolbox, "do something" translates to: Expand government power and spend more taxpayer money.

Nowhere on the agenda does "solve the problem" or "accomplish something constructive" appear.

8 posted on 10/23/2012 1:58:32 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: PGR88
So if Al Qaeda was willing to spend, say $250,000 each to a few TSA agents, I just wonder how much contraband they could get aboard an airplane?

This is definitely an area where W leaned left. TSA is a poster child for the "Symbolism Over Substance" charge we have always leveled at liberals.

Nobody in Washington cares if the TSA is effective or not. It was important for the feds to "do something."

As the only hammer in the government's toolbox, "do something" translates to: Expand government power and spend more taxpayer money.

Nowhere on the agenda does "solve the problem" or "accomplish something constructive" appear.

9 posted on 10/23/2012 1:59:09 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Renfield

Oh great. I fly into Philadelphia on Friday and then later I fly from Orlando to Ft Meyers.

Thanks for posting this.


10 posted on 10/23/2012 2:00:57 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Renfield

I never check bags when I fly and I keep my eyes on the little trays of my stuff that go through the scanner. I can still be robbed but I do what I can to make it difficult


11 posted on 10/23/2012 2:07:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

“I didn’t even have to look, but I knew Newark would be there.”

lol. I thought the exact same thought.


12 posted on 10/23/2012 2:08:39 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: Renfield

Well I don’t know if the TSA agents stole my undies that were in a zip locked bag - or the muzzies in Jordan...hard to tell the difference...


13 posted on 10/23/2012 2:09:48 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Renfield

I may be mistaken (In the case of LAX I am not) but I suspect virtually all of those airports you pretty much have to be one of Holder’s people to get a job with TSA.


14 posted on 10/23/2012 2:12:32 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Renfield

I used to love to fly, but between the groping, the stealing and having to put my cane through the scanner along with shoes, bag, coat, toiletries and everything else, flying sucks.

Sometime ago, there was a guy on tv — a former TSA big wig or something. He said that the TSA doesn’t provide any real security. Rather, it was created to make us FEEL safe. No logic, no practicality. It’s all about FEELINGS.

Well, I for one don’t feel safe. All I feel is aggravated.


15 posted on 10/23/2012 2:19:51 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

Might I observe that these are all Democrat cities. No surprise at all.


16 posted on 10/23/2012 2:24:20 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: fatnotlazy

Might I observe that these are all Democrat cities. No surprise at all.


17 posted on 10/23/2012 2:24:26 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: fatnotlazy

Might I observe that these are all Democrat cities. No surprise at all.


18 posted on 10/23/2012 2:24:37 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Renfield

I just left out of St. Louis and as you check your bag you pass it to a TSA baggage handler for the xray machine. It was a 60 lb bag because it had books in it. The only place to put a bag was on top of several other bags on a moving cart. I told the TSA guy that it was a “heavy” bag ... the scum bag was like ordering me to put the bag on top of the cart. I did not oblige his stupidity to throw my back out to accommodate his laziness.


19 posted on 10/23/2012 2:27:01 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Renfield

Chicago O’Hare International Airport only comes in at 20th ... with all the traffic through that place ... and all the corruption they have in windy city?

Tells me the Chicago TSA has to be close to dead last in terms of honest inspectors inspecting the inspectors!

20 posted on 10/23/2012 2:29:20 PM PDT by Zakeet (Calling the Obozo/Bernack economy sluggish is an insult to slugs)
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To: Galtoid
I expect the thievery goes on in all cities. Just hasn’t registered yet. Or the agents in those cities haven’t been caught.
21 posted on 10/23/2012 2:33:31 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Renfield
This has been going on for decades...

Even before the 911 security increases, I routinely lost items from my checked luggage. I even lost an entire tool bag filled with expensive testers and had tools once.
Calling the airline is futile, they would outright tell you there was little chance of recovering stolen items. I'd say in total, I've lost 3-4 thousand dollars worth of belongings to those thieving SOB's mostly because you can only carry on so much, you are forced to gamble with the rest of it.

22 posted on 10/23/2012 2:46:58 PM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: Galtoid

We live in Miami. This is well known. I and (especially) my wife NEVER check a bag,,, we travel light.

It’s interesting that when we fly to Norfolk, VA to visit out daughter, or to Mountain Home, ID via Salt Lake City and Boise, we get a bit less paranoid once we are away from here.

(Norfolk and Boise are very nice regional airports BTW.)


23 posted on 10/23/2012 2:59:23 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Renfield

I’m surprised that San Antonio isn’t on the list. Between the Mexicans and Holder’s chums, it’s a 5-finger festival.


24 posted on 10/23/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Renfield

A lot of these are hubs, where you have to go through to get to somewhere else.


25 posted on 10/23/2012 3:31:43 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Renfield

We got ripped off on our way to Europe last year. My husband had a leather jacket stolen and my daughter had a bunch of costume jewelry ripped off. If you check your bags don’t pack any nice shoes or expensive ones like Uggs or designer shoes, they will get ripped off.

This year when we went back to Europe, I had to check my bags because of the length of the stay, but I took nothing expensive. I carry on when possible for sure.

Thanks W for this wonderful legacy.


26 posted on 10/23/2012 4:29:57 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: fatnotlazy

The TSA wasn’t created to make us “feel safe”. It was created to condition us to being tyrannized, to accept tyranny and the theft of our liberty. Connect the dots.


27 posted on 10/23/2012 5:00:47 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: FunkyZero
Even before the 911 security increases, I routinely lost items from my checked luggage. I even lost an entire tool bag filled with expensive testers and had tools once.

Fly with guns! Seriously. Or even BB guns, starter pistols, flare guns... Any of these items, properly packed, means that you can padlock your luggage with non-TSA locks and fly your valuable stuff with much less risk of it being stolen. Lots of info on the web about how to do this, but it's pretty straight forward:

Get a lockable trunk; unload the dangerous stuff; declare the weapons at check-in and fill-out the orange card the agent will provide you; Airline agent may inspect the firearm or send you to a designated TSA screening, after which you get to put your own lock on and no one is allowed to open it unless you are present :-)

(Sorry for the late reply - I've been traveling, with tools, equipment, and guns ;-)

28 posted on 11/02/2012 11:01:31 AM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (How Free Are You In America Today?)
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