jacobin777
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Honolulu: Luggage-Theft Investigation

Sun Mar 20, 2005 3:55 pm

This doesn't help their reputation...

"Honolulu Airport Screeners Suspected In Luggage-Theft Investigation
Japanese Tourists Were Apparent Targets

POSTED: 2:07 pm EST March 16, 2005
UPDATED: 5:59 pm EST March 16, 2005

HONOLULU -- Authorities have placed four Transportation Security Administration screeners at Honolulu International Airport on leave for suspected theft from passengers' luggage.


The move was made after about a four-month investigation, Honolulu television station KITV reported.

The screeners taken into custody accused of stealing money out of the luggage they were in charge of searching, sources told the station. They said Japanese tourists were being targeted.

The crime the four screeners are accused of is a felony. Indictments could come in the next few weeks. Each of the accused workers could face prison time.

It is not a problem that's unique to Hawaii. There are airport security screeners on the mainland who have also been arrested on suspicion of theft, accused of ripping off millions of dollars out of passenger luggage, purses and briefcases. Many claims allege thefts both at baggage and security checkpoints run by the TSA."

rest of story at.

http://www.wnbc.com/travelgetaways/4291257/detail.html

[Edited 2005-03-20 07:56:52]
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je89_w
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Honolulu: Luggage-Theft Investigation

Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:32 pm

Very disappointing news.

With tourism as Hawaii's main industry, events like this can affect our economy. Who'd want to go through an airport having the risk of valuables getting stolen?

These people are getting paid to thoroughly screen bags, and passengers are not happy about the strict security measures, but nevertheless have to go through the whole process to only find items/money in their bags missing. That is truely sad.
 
 
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Honolulu: Luggage-Theft Investigation

Sun Mar 20, 2005 6:39 pm

The fact remains ... HNL is not the only airport where theft by TSA agents are made. Those responsible must be accountable for their crimes, and that means accepting the punishment handed them. As the adage goes ... "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

These types of incidents only creates distrust of the TSA, especially when our suitcases are an open invitation since they have to be unlocked.
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RE: Honolulu: Luggage-Theft Investigation

Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:08 am

A couple of years ago several screeners at Denver Int'l were busted for taking items from passengers belongings during security screening. Even after the TSA employees admitted to taking items, no criminal charges were ever filed and the screeners got to keep their jobs. Their punishment was part probation and part "paid administrative leave" (I wish I can go on paid administrative leave for a while!!). One of the screeners admitted to taking $1000 out of one persons wallet. Nothing resulted from it.

Seems the TSA is no different than many federal entities...it's impossible to fire someone. Unless they use the "n" word at work...

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