Ex-TSA agent: We steal from travelers all the time

  • metta

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    Dec 05, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Ex-TSA agent: We steal from travelers all the time

    http://rt.com/usa/news/tsa-stealing-from-travelers-358/
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    Dec 05, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    This is how I lost a Valentine One radar detector. It was at PHL.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    They never stole my gaydar detector. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    well, it's pretty obvious that most of those TSA drones are just homeless people swept up off the street. what can you expect?
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:11 AM GMT
    Much safer and reliable to FedEx your luggage to your hotel. icon_biggrin.gif
  • musclmed

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    Dec 05, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    why are they just charged with stealing? The guy chronicled in the article should have been charged with corruption.
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    I always travel carry-on only. Never have to worry about lost luggage or items stolen from my luggage. Plus I never have to wait around for the stupid baggage claim. :-)
  • tautomer

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    Dec 05, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    I always put anything of value in my backpack, and I refuse to check bags if the plan is "overfilled". Never had anything stolen from me *knock on wood*. Mostly because I suspect I have very few items of great value in my bags. I fly 1/2 a dozen times a year, and have since 2007.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:55 AM GMT
    This is why they need to get the ball rolling on the "flying cars" we've all been waiting for.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    Why does this not surprise me? Some of those people have the words "crook" written all over them...
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    I KNEW IT!
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Dec 05, 2012 8:29 AM GMT
    Surprise!
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Dec 05, 2012 9:26 AM GMT
    He stole $800,000 worth DAMN!!! icon_eek.gif
  • calibro

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    Dec 05, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidwell, it's pretty obvious that most of those TSA drones are just homeless people swept up off the street. what can you expect?


    #whitemiddleclassprivilege
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 05, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    I would hope that is just bullshit, but I have the feeling it's true. A lesson learned for travelers!

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    Dec 05, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    JaxGuy saidThis is why they need to get the ball rolling on the "flying cars" we've all been waiting for.


    Right. BTW, those flying cars will have even more strict regulations because they could be flying bombs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    smudgetool said
    JaxGuy saidThis is why they need to get the ball rolling on the "flying cars" we've all been waiting for.


    Right. BTW, those flying cars will have even more strict regulations because they could be flying bombs.


    I'm almost certain they'll be piloted by Google before anyone ever touches a yoke.
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    Dec 05, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    Should I be worried? because I will be traveling with many gift items in my bag.
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    Dec 05, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    redacting said
    smudgetool said
    JaxGuy saidThis is why they need to get the ball rolling on the "flying cars" we've all been waiting for.


    Right. BTW, those flying cars will have even more strict regulations because they could be flying bombs.


    I'm almost certain they'll be piloted by Google before anyone ever touches a yoke.


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    Dec 05, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    Of course they do. These are people who couldnt get a job at the DMV. I never put anything of value in my luggage.
  • tckrguys

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    Dec 05, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    Shawny99 saidShould I be worried? because I will be traveling with many gift items in my bag.


    Ship them FedEx or UPS. If you do pack gifts in your luggage do NOT wrap them, TSA will unwrap them.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    Shawny99 saidShould I be worried? because I will be traveling with many gift items in my bag.

    ship them via UPS or something. Dont put them in a bag.
  • tazzari

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Nothing new, though... In '87 we were coming back from the end of the World Cup and Polar Cup, and one of our guys had been hauling in the silver and crystal - it was there when we entered Customs in New York, and it wasn't there when we got to Seattle. Customs? baggage handlers? who knows. But stealing from luggage is nothing new/
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Time for a sturdy ugly as shit suitcases. Thankfully I dont pack anything of value when I fly.
  • wild_sky360

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    The difference now is that bags are routinely opened and inspected and the xray makes it easier to select which bags have the goodies. They're stealing from carry-ons too but those cases required collusion with supervisors.

    A gay couple is suing for humiliation after handlers found a dildo in a checked bag and taped it to the outside. Can you imagine how many trips around the carousel before getting the nerve to claim that one?