Many people will travel without a second thought about sending their valuables through the machines or even inside of their checked-on luggage, but now there is new reason to think twice. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a Mission statement, that according to their website sounds pretty trustworthy:
TSA has established guiding principles to maintain the security of the traveling public and continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security.
Since May 2003, 400 TSA agents have been fired for stealing from passengers. According to one convicted former TSA agent, who, over a four year period, stole nearly $1 million dollars worth of goods from travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport – it was easy.
I walked right out of the checkpoint with a Nintendo Wii in my hand. Nobody said a word.
What’s worse is that 381 incidents that have been reported & those are just the verifiable, documented cases where a TSA agent has been caught.
ABC News decided to do a sting operation of their own to find out what exactly happens when an iPad went missing and they ended up using the ‘Find my iPhone’ app to lead them directly back to a TSA agents house – 3o minutes away from the airport.
What has been your experience with the TSA? Have you had any missing electronics that you checked in & never saw again?
We’ve also heard many unfortunate stories of, not a missing device, but a cracked screen on a device after going through security or after picking up a checked bag. Word to the wise, make sure to get phone insurance on all of your important devices, write down serial numbers and back up those devices prior to arriving at the airport – and never let those important devices out of your sight.