This story is for anyone that thinks about transporting anything in their checked airplane luggage that might get them investigated or arrested.

August 4, 2011

If this guy was going through your stuff for six months without being caught how many others are just looking through your luggage without authority.  If they aren't stealing your stuff I doubt their supervisors would object or stop them from continuing the behavior.  

Just because you aren't a terrorist doesn't mean your property is safe from violations of your privacy concerns. And if they find something all they have to say is they were just trying to make everyone on the plane safe.

TSA luggage screener accused of stealing passengers' electronics

By SOFIA SANTANA AND KEN KAYE 

Sun Sentinel

Posted: 8:52 a.m. Friday, July 8, 201

A Transportation Security Administration employee may have had a keen eye for screening luggage, but authorities say he also had sticky fingers. 

Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, was arrested Monday on two counts of grand theft after a Continental Airlines employee at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport accused Santiago of stealing an iPad electronic tablet out of someone's luggage and stuffing it in his pants. During questioning, Santiago told Broward Sheriff's detectives he stole electronics from plane passengers' luggage to sell online — often posting the items for sale and cashing in on them during the same shift, officials said.

Detectives say such thefts went on for six months, and the losses totaled $50,000.

The TSA hired him in January 2009; on Thursday agency spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said Santiago was no longer employed there. She declined to elaborate.

 Santiago had been assigned to the airport's Terminal 1, which houses Southwest and Continental airlines. An entry level employee, Santiago's salary likely was $29,000 to $33,000, Koshetz said.