Miami-Dade Police Department set up a camera sting to catch thieves at Miami International Airport, who were getting a five finger discount from the belongings of passengers. But the problem is nationwide.
Local 10.com reports:
“It’s a problem we all face,” said police Lt. Pete Estis. “We will continue to be proactive until we can see that the claims of pilfering through luggage will actually decrease.”
And these insider thefts just don’t happen in Miami. A CNN analysis of passenger property loss claims filed with the TSA from 2010 to 2014 shows 30,621 claims of missing valuables, mostly packed in checked luggage. The rest occurred at security checkpoints. Total property loss claimed: $2.5 million.
So, what was the response of the thieves who were caught? Apparently, they were shocked they had been caught.
From baggage handlers to security guards, several airport employees were caught red handed.
According to the report, in the past five years, nearly 31,000 claims of items missing from luggage were filed with the Transportation Security Administration. Out of those 31,000, 25,000 of the valuables missing were from checked bags. The rest of those left were taken during the TSA checkpoint (you know those unconstitutional Fourth Amendment violation points in airports?). So, this isn’t just an airport employee issue, it’s a federal employee issue. In fact, 513 TSA officers have been fired for theft since 2002.
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