Another theft: passenger says TSA stole jewelry at Boston Logan

UPDATED BELOW. A TSA agent stole a woman’s jewelry? Nah, impossible. Never happens! 

As CBS News reports:

Terri Ivester was on her way to a family christening in Chicago when she ran into a snag at the security checkpoint at Logan Airport.

Terri Ivester says, “The TSA agent holds my backpack up, and um, says there’s a water bottle in this backpack, I’m going to have to take that.”

That’s when Ivester says the agent left the area with her bag.

Next thing you know, Ivester is at her destination, getting dressed for the christening. She looks for her jewelry. It’s gone.

She realized she was missing four pieces including a single strand of pearls and a double strand bracelet totaling $3,700.

The TSA, of course, has its usual handy advice: “you should keep a close eye on your belongings.” Never mind that we have thousands of accounts of passengers who’ve been hauled aside and forbidden from keeping an eye on their belongings, whose belongings have been hidden from them, or outright taken away, as happened here with Terri Ivester. Or that 382 TSA agents have been fired for theft — and that’s only the ones we’ve found out about. Or that the TSA is rejecting more and more theft claims all the time. Yeah, never mind pesky little facts like that.

It’s your fault, Passenger, for not “keeping a close eye on your belongings.”

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Mauro Cateb)

UPDATE: From the headline to the report in the UK’s Daily Mail: “they deleted the surveillance footage when I complained” — well, that’s another common occurrence passengers can attest to.

  • Jewel

    TSA in Miami stopped me for almost 10 minutes for a water bottle on a trip back to Newark, nj. They went through all of my carry on and took their sweet time. I had small box of jewelry in my carry on purse. I should have checked for it immediately, but now a few days later, I realize they mmust have taken it then, because it is nowhere to be found. Wow, what a great job….with a regular paycheck and plenty of stolen benefits. For shame TSA. Karma WILL pay you a visit someday of not soon.

  • See update to this story above: Ivester says TSA already deleted the video footage. Gee, quelle surprise!

    • Daisiemae

      Can’t leave that incriminating evidence lying around where someone might find it, can we?

      Wouldn’t have done any good if the footage was revealed to the entire world though. Andrea Abbott’s footage clearly showed she was innocent and she was convicted anyway.

    • cjr001

      TSA is learning: delete the evidence before it can be used to embarrass them.

  • Daisiemae

    Yes, and the TSA official who was interviewed has already called Ivester a liar. He stated that “I doubt that it happened.”

    Yeah, I doubt that a personnel composed of people who would be unemployable at any other job and riddled with criminals would steal $3000 worth of jewelry. That would be inconceivable, wouldn’t it?

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Isn’t it shocking that the “people” at TSA fail to see how corrupt, evil, and truly incompetent they are? It’s always the passenger. ALWAYS. There doesn’t appear to be anything this uber agency of amazing Amerikans can’t do.