TSA Screener Caught Lifting Personal Items
What we all feared
(and many of us, expect) is happening to our baggage --
thieves in the clothes of baggage handlers and a TSA official --
have been charged for stealing from passenger's bags-this time at
the Jacksonville International Airport. Three baggage handlers and
a federal screener were arrested Thursday and Friday and charged
with stealing nine laptops, a computer bag, software, a wristwatch
and an iPod, the U.S. Attorney's Office told the The
The accused men worked in an area where luggage is screened and
then loaded on to departing jets. The federal employee worked for
the Transportation Security Agency, the others worked for a baggage
loading subcontractor. The men allegedly stole passenger's items in
October and November. Delta, United and Continental Airlines were
picked for the thefts by the men, none of whom worked for an
An investigation ensued after complaints about missing items
from passenger's luggage, according to Steve Cole, a spokesman for
the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The accused are: Craig Hannan, 34, of Kingsland, Ga.; and
Jacksonville residents Evedge Moore, 21, Quintin Davis, 25, and
Racardi Lamar, 18. TSA screener Hannan and the other men were
U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill condemned the acts.
"Here we are as citizens entrusting our goods to these people in
the name of airport security. Then to have it stolen ... We have to
make sure if that occurs, the perpetrators get brought to justice,"
Federal Security Director Edward J. Goodwin addressed the thefts
with a statement.
"At TSA, we have a zero-tolerance policy for theft, period," he
said. Airline officials also are cooperating with investigators
with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, TSA, and the
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department.
"We take the security of our passengers and their belongings
seriously," said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta Air