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Exclusive: The Stunning JFK Airport Baggage Scandal; 200 Thefts Per Day
CBS New York ^ | March 26, 2012 | CBS New York staff

Posted on 03/28/2012 6:10:06 AM PDT by libstripper

Think twice before you check your luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables are being stolen from passengers’ baggage at a staggering rate.

It’s happening as a result of inside jobs that aren’t being stopped, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports exclusively

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baggage; thefts; tsa
Most of this hapens because the TSA thugs have full access to checked baggage. I was a victim of a similar theft in Knoxville, TN this Christmas whenb some thug stole about $80.00 worth of lobster tails and tenderloins from a cooler I tok along with me. After that experience there is absolutely NO WAY I'd check a firearm through.
1 posted on 03/28/2012 6:10:11 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I once worked for a company which had distribution facilities in New Jersey. The ongoing volume of theft was just incredible. Every other truckload to my recollection.

You know the answer. “Look for, the Union Label....”


2 posted on 03/28/2012 6:18:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: libstripper

The degree of leadership incompetence required to let this happen is absolutely staggering. You all would read about me in the paper if I saw a TSA thug steal something from my baggage.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: libstripper

TSA stands for “Thieves’ Security Association.” It’s yet another example of government helping itself to billions of our hard-earned tax dollars to make life better for government employees and worse for ordinary American citizens.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 6:21:16 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: libstripper

Now I know why I’ve been advised to have only a carry-on and my purse/backpack when I fly in June.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 6:25:43 AM PDT by Clara Lou (ABO! Go Newt!)
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To: libstripper

My BIL is an airline pilot. He says that this goes on constantly. He also thinks that all it would take to stop this is to install cameras where the handlers have access to the luggage.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 6:27:20 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: libstripper

Too bad you can’t put exploding dye packs in fake jewelry boxes in the luggage. I’d like to see red dayglo TSA and airline luggage handling employees.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 6:28:34 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

That’s not a bad idea. I’m gonna give this some thought...


8 posted on 03/28/2012 6:31:58 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: libstripper

THe TSA employees are only stealing in proportion to their proportion of the airport staffing.

This has been ongoing for oh, 60+ years.
Nothing new, it always gets worse during economic recessions.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 6:33:18 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: libstripper

THe TSA employees are only stealing in proportion to their proportion of the airport staffing.

This has been ongoing for oh, 60+ years.
Nothing new, it always gets worse during economic recessions.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 6:33:32 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Standing Wolf
As for TSA and everything imposed upon the traveling public since September 11, 2001:

First, remember the Muslim terrorists complied with every security restriction in force that morning. When, not if, there is a second such incident we will find the exact same thing.

Second, if there is such a problem with items being taken off aircraft in transit why should we think that things are not being put on aircraft. During an earlier war, the one on drugs, it was repeatedly documented that the biggest problem with drug smuggling wasn't the passengers but the ramp employees. Why wasn't this lesson brought forward?

Until we employ an aggressive profile based security system, like Israel, our airport security will remain a farce designed to inconvenience passengers while making them feel safer.

11 posted on 03/28/2012 6:33:57 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: libstripper
Most of this hapens because the TSA thugs have full access to checked baggage.

Sorry, but this has been going on at JFK for decades -- long before TSA. The Mafia has always owned the unions there and the Mafia will steal anything they feel like stealing. I recall warning people not to check valuables when going through there and they didn't listen, and lost their stuff.

12 posted on 03/28/2012 6:34:08 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Flightdeck
The degree of leadership incompetence required to let this happen is absolutely staggering.

It's not incompetence in most cases, I suspect, but rather complicity.

13 posted on 03/28/2012 6:34:19 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: libstripper

And I thought Rome Airport was bad...


14 posted on 03/28/2012 6:35:10 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: libstripper

They are stealing for the Trayvon fund scholarship fund and to pay the Zimmerman bounty!


15 posted on 03/28/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: mvpel

It is New York...... the Great Satan.

There is not merely smoke, there is real fire


16 posted on 03/28/2012 6:36:13 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Clara Lou

If I have to fly, I only bring a carry-on. If I need more than what is in my carry-on, I can buy it at the destination and ditch the excess before I come home.

And my stuff doesn’t go through the scanner until I go through the metal detector or whatever. (Don’t have a problem with that, because, by the time I hit the metal detector, the only metal on me is in my teeth...). There are too many thieves waiting on the other side of barrier. I’ve heard that TSA thieves can even open the scanner and reach in to grab stuff.

But the truth is, I have only had good experiences with TSA types. I hate the searches, but they have always been polite and helpful. Maybe I have low standards, or maybe I’ve just been lucky.


17 posted on 03/28/2012 6:37:58 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Truth29

“Too bad you can’t put exploding dye packs in fake jewelry boxes in the luggage.”

But can you put a camera triggered to take pictures upon opening (like a deer cam) and immediately stream them to an online database?


18 posted on 03/28/2012 6:38:13 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: libstripper

I travel frequently - my recommendation is NEVER pack anything that has value to someone else. Camera, laptops, cell phone, watches, jewelry, whatever ... They are typically small and will easily fit into a normal carry-on bag.

I only pack things that have little or no value to anyone else. Clean, but used socks, underwear, shirts, pants and toiletry items aren’t going to be stolen. That’s the stuff that gets sent through TSA - and practically NEVER gets touched.

As for a gun, perhaps I’m a cheapskate; but a gun packed in accordandance to airline regulations is automatically insured for around ~$1,250. So, if they want to steal my $500 rifle, they would be doing me a favor because I will claim the full amount in loss. I’ll be glad to sell every weapon I have for ~$1,250 each.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 6:39:36 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: libstripper

How are they defending America while stealing?


20 posted on 03/28/2012 6:41:09 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Truth29
Too bad you can’t put exploding dye packs in fake jewelry boxes in the luggage

I was thinking the very same. Why can't you? Where can I get me some of that? :)

21 posted on 03/28/2012 6:44:59 AM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: Truth29

Nice idea, but would not work due to some particular technical aspects of the dye packs.

(I could tell you how they work, but then I’d have to kill you...)


22 posted on 03/28/2012 6:45:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Flightdeck

You never get a chance to see them rumaging through your bags. All done behind closed doors. TSA knows this stealing is going on, why would they not have survelience cams watching this?

Most overseas trips, I get to destination , open bag to find that little note from TSA. Trick is don’t pack anything holder’s people can take to pawn shop or trade for crack.


23 posted on 03/28/2012 6:47:02 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Nip
"Until we employ an aggressive profile based security system, like Israel, our airport security will remain a farce designed to inconvenience passengers while making them feel safer."

But it does train the populace for blind compliance to the edicts of an authoritarian government.

24 posted on 03/28/2012 6:47:19 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Hodar

Exactly.

Everything of value that I need to carry - laptop, cameras, iPod, tablet, one night’s change of clothes - goes in a backpack and into the overhead. Once on board, I remove the camera bag and slide it under the seat with the shoulder strap looped around my ankle.

Unless a few baggage handlers are aroused by clean underwear I don’t foresee a problem.


25 posted on 03/28/2012 6:47:59 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: libstripper

I’ve been three times around the world. Never travel with anything you can’t afford to loose. If the baggage handlers/TSA types don’t get it, the hotel staff will. One place was so bad, everytime I put something down, it sprouted legs and walked away.


26 posted on 03/28/2012 6:48:47 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Hodar

The guns I’d pack would be handguns. That creates a real moral problem for me because, aside from a .22, they’re large caliber defensive handguns. The dollar value isn’t the thing; it’s my concern that one of my guns would be stolen and used by some thug to injure or kill an innocent person.


27 posted on 03/28/2012 6:51:46 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Diogenesis
How are they defending America while stealing?

Morale is important, and they're happier if the have your stuff.

28 posted on 03/28/2012 6:53:53 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: libstripper

I grew up near Kennedy Airport. I remember in high school waiting at a bus stop, as one woman in line in front of me bragged to her friend about how much stuff her union husband was stealing from Panam. It was an open scandal, Panam union goons would steal repair items and resell them on the black market. No one would do anything about it.

America is a third world country.


29 posted on 03/28/2012 6:59:39 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: Flightdeck

Just use GPS receivers embedded in some items, and watch where they go. You can’t use exploding dye packs, hehehehehe.


30 posted on 03/28/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

This is what you get when you check your bags, and it’s always been that way. When I flew to Australia 30 years I missed my international connection in San Fran, so Qantas “secured” my bags in a pre-clearance area til the next day. When we arrived in Perth one bag was missing; the one full of new Levis ect. from the States for Mom and Dad. (They were living there at that time.) Qantas reimbursed us $60. The contents were worth at least a grand. Never checked a bag since, never will again.


31 posted on 03/28/2012 7:12:20 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can still go to hell.)
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To: HMS Surprise

I am surprised cameras are not commonly used in such situations. It makes no sense at all. Oh wait, it’s a guvmint agency.


32 posted on 03/28/2012 7:17:56 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Nip
Second, if there is such a problem with items being taken off aircraft in transit why should we think that things are not being put on aircraft.

Precisely. The theft, which is bad enough, might prove to be the lesser problem.

Still, those allegedly guarding the public should not be looting their property.

33 posted on 03/28/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SgtHooper
"Just use GPS receivers embedded in some items, and watch where they go."

I checked an extra cell phone in my luggage once. I got off in Miami, but my cell phone traveled on to San Juan where it made calls for the next three weeks, according to my phone records.

34 posted on 03/28/2012 8:03:41 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Truth29
"But it does train the populace for blind compliance to the edicts of an authoritarian government." BINGO! And it's all aimed at the upper income segment or the perceived leaders of society. Kind of a Prado Analysis approach to sheeple herding.
35 posted on 03/28/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: libstripper

When we are forced to fly, I always pack our scrungiest clothes in cheap suitcases (they’re comfortable, well-worn & entirely replaceable at any Goodwill store.

If we need something nice to wear at our destination, we go shopping there.

And anything expensive purchased on a trip is shipped home via FedEx.

I always get a chuckle at the thought of TSA theives hopefully rummaging through our bags full of ripped, dirty underwear.


36 posted on 03/28/2012 8:17:44 AM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: libstripper

Your stuff is part of their benefit package. Just consider it a tax.


37 posted on 03/28/2012 10:55:25 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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