February 3, 2012- The Transportation Security Administration is facing more scrutiny than ever. An agent is accused of stealing $5,000 from the jacket of a passenger on February 1. The jacket was moving along the conveyor belt at one of the security checkpoints in JKF International Airport when the TSA agent is alleged to have taken the cash.
A spokesperson for the TSA, Lisa Farbstein, said another officer who was on duty at the same time reported the incident. Law enforcement was notified and they arrested the TSA agent. The agent has been with TSA for over four years.
A spokesman for the police said a surveillance video clearly shows Alexandra Schmid, the agent, wrapping a plastic glove around the money and then going to the bathroom with it. The money was not recovered and authorities believe Schmid may have given it to another person in the bathroom. Police said Schmid would face charges of grand larceny.
The TSA also announced it had placed an agent on administrative leave while it investigates allegations the agent stole iPads from air travelers. This incident allegedly took place at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport.
Clayton Dovel was a bag screener in the Resolution Room, a place where bags are screened by hand out of the public’s view. He is accused of taking eight or more iPads. The iPad thefts were linked to the screener when one passenger was able to track his iPad to where Dovel lives.