Yesterday a story broke about some TSA employees being accused of theft at LAX. As a frequent traveler who converses often with other frequent travelers, I have heard stories of theft before, but complaints that have been filed with the TSA never seem to get responses, or if they do, it’s somewhere along the lines of “we can’t possibly know that it was a TSA person who took the item, so you’re pretty much screwed“. (Paraphrased, of course.) In this particular case, the ruckus being made about the stolen items seems include items that were stolen from Paris Hilton. (I thought maybe it was her underwear that got stolen, which would explain some things, but it was an expensive watch.)
Notwithstanding the annoying fact that it takes a celebrity or person with some power or influence to get these kinds of things noticed, it’s about freaking time that law enforcement started to take notice of these thefts. The flying public is already forced to undergo invasive searches and ridiculous restrictions in what they can take on board, and now they are being subjected to theft by the very people who are supposed to be making their travel “safe”.
The eight workers who are accused in this case have already been dismissed from their jobs, but why were thieves allowed to be employed by the TSA in the first place? The TSA claims it is trying to crack down on theft by employees, but I’m appalled that it even happened in the first place. If the TSA is hiring untrustworthy employees, what does that say about them?