TSA Agent Accused Of Stealing Cash From Passenger’s Wallet At Security Checkpoint

When travelers send their personal belongings off into x-ray machines at the airport, we expect them to come out on the other side exactly how they entered. But officials at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport say one man happened to notice his wallet come through a security screening a bit lighter than it had gone in, leading to the arrest of a Transportation Security Administration agent.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, a 26-year-old Bronx man picked up his wallet from a security screening bin and discovered he was missing $61.

Port Authority police then watched surveillance footage of the checkpoint and reportedly saw the agent taking the cash out of the wallet and putting it in his own pocket.

He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and larceny, authorities said, while the TSA said it planned to fire him from his position on Monday, NJ Advance Media reports.

Previously in sticky-fingered TSA agent news: Report: TSA Paid Out $3M In The Last 5 Years For Lost, Stolen And Damaged Baggage;
TSA Screener Fired For Allegedly Swiping $36 From Traveler’s Checked Luggage
TSA agent stole cash from man’s wallet at Kennedy Airport: officials [New York Daily News]
TSA agent arrested for stealing cash from passenger’s luggage, police say [NJ Advance Media]

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