TSA Agent caught stealing iPad from suitcase

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  1. Stefx73 macrumors regular

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    TSA Agent caught stealing iPad from suitcase
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    July 7, 2011 5:38 p.m. EDT​

    (CNN) -- A former Transportation Security Administration employee was charged with two counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing electronics from luggage, authorities in Florida said Thursday.

    A Continental Airlines employee Monday caught Nelson Santiago-Serrano, 30, stealing an iPad from a suitcase in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

    Santiago-Serrano was released on a $4,000 bond Tuesday, the office said.

    Over the past six months, Santiago-Serrano told authorities he stole $50,000 worth of computers, GPS devices and other electronics from luggage he screened, took pictures of them to post for sale online and sold the items often by the time his shift ended.

    Santiago-Serrano worked for the TSA since January 2009, but no longer works with the agency. Detectives are trying to locate victims, but it is unlikely they will get their belongings back, said the sheriff's office.

    Santiago-Serrano has no lawyer yet nor a scheduled court date appearance, according to the Broward County clerk of courts.​
     
  2. OmniChinchilla macrumors newbie

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    not surprised

    The TSA will hire anyone. My friend worked in the Philly airport and ratted out some lady working there for stealing laptops, they didn't fire her for over 3 months.
     
  3. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    The TSA is an embarrassment to this country. They treat everyone like common criminals when they have people stealing from passengers and touching people inappropriately.
     
  4. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

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    +2. They should change their uniforms to clown suits.
     
  5. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    TSA and airport security is a joke. I worked in JFK airport (ramp bitch), and saw a number of things.

    In JFK, in order to drive, you need to pass a test, administered by an official. One of the multiple choice questions was "What do you do if you get lost?" and lost means outside of your boundary, where only aircraft or vehicles equipped with aviation radios can go. One dumb bitch actually picked "Flag an airplane to stop and ask a captain how to get back to the terminal area" as her answer. She passed after instructor told her the right answer.


    In Burbank Airport, I had to do some computer maintenance as an outside contractor, at night, after airport closes. They closed off secure area, assigned me an escort person (standard procedure). 30 minutes later, escort person thought he had better things to do, told me how to open the door that leads to tarmac and from tarmac to secure area. On tarmac, bunch of 737's were just standing there, waiting for the morning, mostly Southwest. Being a student pilot and familiar with aircraft systems, I could cause havoc with few pieces of clear tape. See Aeroperu flight 604.
    After secure area opened for business, without my escort person, TSA agents let me into secure area without checking if I have a boarding pass, and when I had a pair of scissors and screwdriver sticking out of my jeans pocket. They did x-ray my laptop bag tho.

    in LGA and DFW, where I went for a conference, I had no problem getting on board in both airports. My coworker had a small bottle of hair gel removed and was "randomly" checked before boarding the aircraft again. I had no such problems in both airports. Only when I got home, I found out that I had a foldable box cutter in my carry-on.

    TSA is there just for show of force or show of security. It's a farce, designed to show an average person that everything is secure. So, while you are getting groped and bombarded by radiation, somewhere a person is on board the aircraft with a box cutter, intentional or not.

    Way off topic, but yes, I wanted to voice this.
     
  6. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. And I always hear somebody say that they would rather go through full-body x-rays and know they are completely safe on their flight. It's such a false sense of security.
     
  7. jackc macrumors 65816

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    Now that it's all federalized, there's no accountability anywhere.

    Make sure you at least put one of those TSA-approved locks on your checked luggage. They can still open it, but at least not every dirtbag working there can easily get in.
     
  8. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't tell you the number of times I've had to replace my TSA approved locks when they cut them off with a bolt cutter and leave a note in the suitcase reminding me that locked luggage is not allowed. Such idiots.
     
  9. thesiren macrumors 6502a

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    Are there really people still dumb enough to pack electronics in their checked-in luggage?

    Who packs an iPad in their luggage anyway? It's meant for carry on.
     
  10. taipan61, Jul 12, 2011
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    one of the big reasons i never take more than a carry on, usually a small backpack that i can fit a weeks worth of clothes and my laptop (now iPad),
    anything more i find that shipping them works out well, (delivered the day after my arrival) and i buy my toiletries after i arrive

    my not work out well for most but i travel light, alone, and usually for business

    airport employees have been stealing luggage and outta luggage for decades
     
  11. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Some people want to travel light. What if I want to walk on the airplane without carrying anything at all? No worrying about fighting for bin space, or putting stuff under the seat for takeoff/landing? What if all my entertainment is on my cell phone? And iPad is to be used at my destination for whatever.

    People have the right to do whatever they want with gear they own. Doesn't mean that it gives TSA screeners the right to treat our bags as a free buffet.
     
  12. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    Glad they caught the SOB. I hope he becomes someone's bitch in prison!
     
  13. Syk macrumors 6502a

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    That's true and would work in a perfect world but it's not. No way would I put an electronic device in my luggage after all the stories I've heard. Heck I can fit a weeks worth of clothes in a carry on. I don't trust the airline to get my bags there most of the time. The only thing I'd check is a firearm and that's mando by law it will raise a bigger stink storm if it comes up missing after being checked.

    Wouldn't be surprised if all he got was probation.
     
  14. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Bah. I wish my state would allow firearms and state to state agreements. Damn NY liberals.
     
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    Sure, I'd love to be able to waltz onto the plane with my boarding pass in one hand and a scotch in the other, but I value my $1000 iPad and designer purses more, so, with me they stay. I get to enjoy my scotch, peace of mind, and watch a movie all at the same time. easy as pie.
     
  16. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Certainly understand that. But hey, everyone has their own travel opinion. Some people want to sleep and watch inflight entertainment on flight, some want to read a book or play games on iPad. Everyone's different.

    I do make it a point not to leave expensive stuff in checked luggage. My netbook or ipad is always with me. Sometimes my scuba gear too (regulator and hoses), which raised few questions with newer TSA agents. But hey, everyone travels differently.
     
  17. Syk macrumors 6502a

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    Get IL on board too. Lucky for me I'm in the free state of TN:D
     
  18. Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502

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    Well glad he was caught, I would personally never put my iPad in my suitcase but even if I did I would hope I could trust the airport staff not to steal it :mad:
     
  19. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Your logic is theoretically sound, but this just isn't practical in the real world.

    The same can be said for locking a car/home etc, sure I'd rather not have to carry 20 keys around since no one should be entering not-their-property anyway, but in today's world, you have to take simple precautions to protect yourself for when human immorality strikes - not checking an iPad is one of them.
     
  20. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    Same thing happened here. To me those "approved" locks are nothing more than companies trying to charge a premium on locks.
     
  21. jonomo macrumors regular

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    I've had my iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle taken from my bag when going to Thailand.. not sure if it was taken from US side or Thai side.. but be careful...
     
  22. taipan61 macrumors 6502

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    TSA=Thousands Standing Around
    or This Stolen Article?

    seriously these guys are supposed to make me feel safer when flying...lol
     
  23. bubulindo macrumors member

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    Yeap... those locks are nothing but companies trying to make a buck. I remember going in to a discussion about buying such locks and why would I want to pay more for a lock that the people I want out of my luggage can open??
    The customs guy didn't like the question.

    The other question I have is, how does someone trust their luggage to hold any piece of electronics? Have you guys seen how they're handled? Unless you pay through the nose for a RIMOWA or something like that, your luggage isn't safe to check electronics.
     
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    Went to the Bahamas back in May.. In my suitcase I had migraine medicine...Over the counter.. I have terrible migraines. I get to the Bahamas open up my back and the bottle of medicine was 3/4 empty. It was a brand new, unopened bottle. The 3/4 of the bottle was lying around my entire suitcase, stuck to all my clothes and everything.. I was so ticked off. What in the world was the point of that??!
     
  25. thesiren macrumors 6502a

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    exactly! brand new suitcases come out the other side dented, scratched, wheels missing and covered in weird black marks. and that's where people want to pack their precious iPads and laptops? :rolleyes:
     

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