The Top 5 US Airports For TSA Theft

on October 23 2012 3:45 PM
  • Las Vegas Airport
    5.Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport—More items have been lost in Vegas than just thousands of dollars (and hopes and dreams) at casinos. 15 agents at McCarren have been fired for theft. It has the eighth most traffic among U.S. air terminals. Wikimedia Commons
  • Atlanta Airport
    4.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—Though it’s a slight drop off from other airports, Hartsfield-Jackson still had 17 agents fired over theft allegations. Atlanta’s airport is the busiest in the nation. Wikimedia Commons
  • LAX
    3.Los Angeles International Airport—With celeb travelers aplenty, TSA agents haven’t been able to keep their hands off of the riches; 24 agents have been axed for stealing. Traffic wise, it ranks third. Wikimedia Commons
  • JFK Airport
    2.JFK International Airport, New York—One of the TSA’s leading points of drug seizure is also the airport where 27 agents have been fired for heisting passenger items. It’s the sixth busiest air terminal in the country. Wikimedia Commons
  • Miami International Airport
    5.Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport—More items have been lost in Vegas than just thousands of dollars and hopes at casinos. 15 agents at McCarren have been fired for theft. It has the eighth most traffic of U.S. air terminals. Wikimedia Commons
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With their draconian policies, labyrinthine lines and interminable delays, airports are no fun place to be. But at least you and your belongings can feel safe while inside one, right?

Not exactly, according to ABC News. Following lengthy reporting, the network has published the Transportation Security Administration’s list of the airports with the highest incidence of employee theft. The agency tells ABC they have fired 400 employees for stealing.

Not surprisingly, 16 of the 20 airports ranked highest for theft also belong to the list of the nation’s busiest air hubs.

To accompany their list, ABC set up a sting operation, planting GPS locators on 10 iPads which they left at high-traffic, high-theft airports. Nine devices were returned to their owners, but one was located at the home of Orlando-based TSA agent Andy Ramirez, who was later fired by the TSA.

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