A TSA agent named Pythias Brown was convicted of stealing $800,000 from passengers at Newark International Airport over the course of many years and he says this sort of thing is quite routine from TSA agents around the country. In fact, look at this staggering statistic:
But while Brown believes he might have been one of the worst thieves at the TSA, he imagines the agency’s culture makes it easy for others to do the same. Many officers don’t care about their work and complain about low pay and being treated badly, he claims, which prompts them to steal. To make it even easier to get away with, TSA managers also never search their employees’ bags.
The agency says it has a zero-tolerance policy for theft and terminates the contracts of all thieves within the TSA. In the past ten years, almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing, 11 of which were fired this year.
400 TSA officers fired for stealing. Undoubtedly lots of other agents have been stealing and not been caught yet. In that same period of time, how many terrorists have they caught? I can’t think of a single one. There have been several bombing attempts, including the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber, but they both made it through the TSA inspections. So what exactly are they doing for us?