Travelers need to be more cautious when flying this holiday season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Federal Agency has recently come under fire after national news outlets caught agents stealing red-handed.
This comes right around the same time the Transportation Security Administration is releasing the top 20 airports for employee theft.
For anyone wondering how safe their luggage is when they leave it at the gate, they have every right to be following the release of TSA’s theft statistics.
The Federal Agency announced they’ve fired 400 of their employees for stealing. Some gave the items away as gifts, others tried to sell them online or kept them.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act Request, TSA was also released the airports where theft is happening the most.
Number one is Miami International Airport followed by JFK in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Dallas.
Orlando International Airport came in at number 11 for TSA thefts.
A large part of the equation are international airports.
“When you have an airport, international, these things have a propensity to happen,” Channel 4’s Safety Expert Ken Jefferson said.
Jefferson said if someone has something of great value, ship it UPS or FEDEX and have it insured.
The other option if the items are small enough, is to check it as a carry on. But if it’s not small enough, it’s not worth the risk to check it.
“The people who we trust the most are the ones stealing from us,”Jefferson added.
“There’s always a few bad apples,” passenger Dave Andorsoezslo said. “Some are honest. I feel my bag is safe and you always wonder what’s going on in the back of your mind.”
Channel 4 didn’t find any passengers who have had items stolen themselves, only passengers who want to believe it won’t happen to them.
“You hate to think ill of the population, but I guess you run that risk right,” passenger Mike Durden said. “So I don’t know how you protect against everybody 100 percent.”