TSA agent admits to stealing cash from passenger as punishment

by Lisa Simeone on October 4, 2012


As we’ve noted several times, TSA agents often act out of petulance and pique. Because they have absolute power, they can abuse it. And they do.

The latest example of this is the guilty plea from TSA agent John W. Irwin. As Press TV reports, Irwin stole $520 from a passenger because the passenger wasn’t deferential enough to him.

A former TSA worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of obedience.

60-year-old John W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition.

When TSA agents ordered the man undergo the pat down in a private room, he complained but agreed to do so.

The man placed $520 in cash in a gray plastic bin before accompanying the TSA agents to the private room. When he returned, the money was gone, with Irwin having hidden it in a TSA supervisor’s drawer.

Former TSA screener Pythias Brown says that theft by TSA agents isn’t rare; it’s rampant.

I’ve called the TSA’s antics obedience training. And have provided abundant examples of it. What will it take, I wonder, for people to get it through their heads that this is what’s going on?

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/jollyUK)

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