Last week, a TSA agent stole $61 from a passenger’s wallet at a security checkpoint at JFK airport in New York.
Joe Bangay, 37, of Queens, N.Y., was working as a screening agent when he stole $61 from a passenger’s wallet, Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority police, said. The passenger had placed his wallet in a bin at the main screening point at JFK airport, and he noticed that the cash was missing when he retrieved his wallet, Pentangelo said.
Being required to put your belongings in a bin, and having them stolen sure does not place much faith in the system, which is supposed to protect you.
As an aside, this sure shows that the TSA is not hiring the best and brightest, as everyone knows that there isn’t a square inch of most airports where you aren’t on camera. And to risk that for $61? Let’s just hope Mr. Bangay did not reproduce prior to his arrest.
If we have not already learned this from recent police controversy, the lesson here is that while you should usually give them the benefit of the doubt, don’t always trust TSA just because they are wearing a uniform.
Michael Prodanovich is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, and author of The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel.