TSA Agent Accused Of Stealing Luggage Items From LAX Passenger

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A veteran Los Angeles International Airport security officer faces jail time for allegedly stealing items from a traveler’s suitcase.

Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles says 31-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer Ryan Driscoll was arrested May 10 at Terminal 6 for investigation of felony grand theft.

Driscoll is free on $20,000 bail pending a June 3 court appearance.

The Torrance Daily Breeze says officials haven’t disclosed what was stolen.

Driscoll was hired in 2002 by the TSA, which has a zero-tolerance policy for theft in the workplace.

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One Comment

  1. zagwee says:

    TSA is the biggest WASTE of an agency there is. Period.


  2. finn mcgowan says:

    > the TSA, which has a zero-tolerance policy for theft in the workplace.
    Besides stealing our civil rights, they are a massive money pit capable of detecting only harmless drinks and toiletries. Their mere existence is a massive theft of taxpayer money.

  3. Chris says:

    @Zagwee: Very true! Also, not only do we have to worry about terrorists attacks but now fear our own people who are suppose to assist us! This is ridiculous. Now they’re going to implement another system to prevent such incidents, which of course will prolong travelers’ stay at the airport!

  4. Jethrie Smith says:

    Thanks to Bush’s big government scheme we now have a whole host of agencies that drain our tax dollars regularly
    Republicans are BIG Business and should never be trusted.

  5. Ron says:

    Would have been nice, if they checked his criminal record BEFORE hiring him. OH, that’s right, it was probably one of those corrupt DMV employees, that did the background check, for which he/she(DMV) pocketed a nice payoff.

  6. Fisher1949 says:

    This is the 23 screener arrested this year. These crimes include rape, child pornography, drug dealing and assault. Where is their supposed background check program? They have a disproportionate number of criminals at TSA and these same people who get to grope your spouse and child right in front of you.

    TSA has become a criminal organization and has done more harm to American travelers since 9/11 that any terrorist group. Congress has proven incapable of reining in this monstrosity and some uniformed people actually support this failed agency and their abuses, endangering the rest of us by their ignorance.

    How many failures, crimes and abuses must occur before the American people demand that this agency adopt rational policies and behave responsibly?

    With Congress silent, Texas is forced to resort to the principle of interposition, placing state law between federal law to protect their citizens from abuses by Washington. Even their creator, John Mica, now says that the agency is “out of control”. Thankfully, some state legislators have demonstrated the courage and principle to stand up to this rogue agency.

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