Five tips to ensure the TSA doesn't steal your stuff


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Apr 7, 2007
Five tips to ensure the TSA doesn't steal your stuff


Taking. Something. Always.

That's what TSA means to airline passengers like Edward Fleiss, a sales manager from Huntington, N.Y. When screeners inspected his wife's carry-on bag at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport recently, he claims her designer eyeglasses were swiped.

"Great sleight of hand," he says. "We didn't even know they were gone until we got to Los Angeles."

Letters to the Transportation Security Administration — that's what TSA actually stands for, in case you were wondering — were met with a form response. "Dear traveler, thank you, but no reimbursement on a $500 pair of glasses," he recalls.

Thieving TSA? You might be forgiven for thinking so.

Since it was created in 2001, the agency has fired about 200 employees accused of stealing. Although the TSA has taken steps to discourage these government workers from helping themselves to our personal effects — including background checks on new hires, video cameras in screening areas and rules forbidding backpacks or lunchboxes at checkpoints — more and more passengers like Fleiss are coming forward to say they've been ripped off by the very people who are supposed to protect them.

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Government workers stealing from you? Well of course many government workers have no problem with doing extra stealing since they're already stealing trillions from you in the form of taxes. Just go ahead and hand over all your property and you won't have to worry about it anymore. They're here to take care of you, didn't you know? They only want to help you...
There is a lot of needless air travel in that - you got a meeting to attend? Do it on the internet or a conference call. People that do not have to "bodily" be anywhere that requires air travel should refrain. This also, of course, cuts down on oil consumption. But, of course, we all know that. duh :)
My stepfather flew from Boston to Seattle last year. Upon arrival, his luggage had been searched (his exact word was "ransacked", with half a dozen neatly-pressed shirts & dress pants crumpled up & just jammed back in), and his $200+ new-in-the-box digital camera was missing. He says he will never check baggage again. He'll either take everything carry-on, or ship it (UPS or FedEx) before he leaves.