During the screening process at Miami International Airport, TSA officials in Florida are shown on surveillance footage reportedly snatching goods from passengers.
This week, the state attorney’s office revealed multiple video clips showing agents at the airport’s E security checkpoint removing items from security bins and various belongings from the tray before going through the X-ray machine. The clips were published on Wednesday.
Labarrius Williams, age 33, and Josue Gonzalez, age 20, work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and were arrested in July on accusations of grand theft.
According to the arrest report, TSA employees would purposely distract travelers while they were being screened so that they could take money from the clients’ bags. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed a security video that showed Gonzalez and Williams “removing $600 from a traveler’s wallet while the passenger was in the screening process.”
Gonzalez has been accepted into a state program, and if he is able to finish the program successfully, the accusations against him will be dismissed.
Gonzalez will have to hand over all of his airport security credentials, pay $700 in restitution to the two people who were hurt in the incident, and do 25 hours of community service over the following six months.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has withdrawn the officers from their screening duties pending the completion of the inquiry and the administrative procedures.
The Transportation Security Administration has zero tolerance for any kind of inappropriate behavior in the workplace and holds its Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to the highest possible standards of professionalism and ethics in the industry.
The agency is investigating these accusations in an active and proactive manner, and they are working closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Anyone working for the company who falls short of the company’s fundamental ethical standards will be held accountable.