As if airport security wasn’t stressful enough, an airline passenger in Florida has had to confront a TSA officer who tried to steal money from her luggage.
A TSA agent working at Orlando International Airport was arrested Thursday for taking cash out of a female passenger’s bag while she went through security, reports WFTV Orlando.
The passenger, Kathleen Duddleston, reportedly had been selected for a pat-down after entering one of the airport’s TSA checkpoints. During her screening, Duddleston says she initially was positioned in a way so that she could not see her bag. The pat-down agent moved Duddleston closer, and that’s when she noticed a separate TSA agent — later identified as 22-year-old Alexander Shae Johnson — lurking near her luggage.
After her screening, Duddleston opened her bag to find that her money was missing. However, she also noticed a wad of cash bulging through Johnson’s shirt pocket.
According to WFTV, Duddleston then accused Johnson of stealing the money, but he claimed he obtained it from the bank. She then complained to the pat-down agent, who took the matter to a supervisor.
Security footage from the checkpoint later determined that Johnson did indeed extract the cash from Duddleston’s bag and stuff it into his pocket.
Johnson subsequently was arrested and charged with third-degree grand theft. He was also terminated from the Transportation Security Administration. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Johnson had only been employed with the TSA for a few months.
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SOURCE: NY Post, Fox News