In the video, the three allegedly conspired to distract passengers going through security screening while their money was being stolen. “After watching surveillance video provided by TSA, the detective saw Fuster, Williams and Gonzalez remove $600 from a passenger’s wallet while they were being screened, the affidavits stated. Additionally, all three were seen on ‘several’ other incidents conspiring together to commit more thefts,” WFOR reported. Gonzalez and Fuster reportedly waived their rights during a formal interview at TSA Command Center and admitted to stealing roughly $1,000 a day while the scheme was going on. Williams did not waive his rights and didn’t speak to officials. He’s pleaded not guilty and a trial hearing is set for Oct. 23. Video released by officials appears to show how the sleight-of-hand worked: And this was happening right under everyone’s noses, apparently with very few noticing until it was too late. The case against Fuster was dropped and Gonzalez will enter a deferred prosecution program for charges of grand theft. If he complies with the terms of the program, charges against him will be dropped. Williams, meanwhile, is still set to go to trial facing charges of grand theft. In a statement, the TSA said the obvious — TL;DR, this isn’t what they encourage. “The Transportation Security Administration holds its Transportation Security Officers to the highest professional and ethical standards and has no tolerance for misconduct in the workplace,” an emailed statement from the agency said. “We actively and aggressively investigated these allegations of misconduct and presented our findings to (the Miami-Dade Police Department), and are working closely with them. Any employee who fails to meet our fundamental ethical standards is held accountable.” The problem is that, even when its officers are meeting what the TSA defines as the “highest professional and ethical standards,” things are still not going particularly smoothly at airport security. According to an August report from The Wall Street Journal, new scanners deployed by the agency are making for significantly longer wait times, with a record number of travelers to boot; “TSA officials now recommend travelers get to the airport two to three hours before flights,” the outlet reported. Meanwhile, in May, a TSA canine handler was removed from his duties after footage appeared to show him acting abusively toward a dog:
3 TSA officers arrested at Miami International Airport for allegedly stealing from passengershttps://t.co/vnzjrsvAZt— CBS News Miami (@CBSMiami) July 7, 2023
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It’s little wonder, then, that travelers aren’t necessarily thrilled with the job being done by the men and women charged with keeping us safe from terrorists and other bad actors. Perhaps it’s because good news isn’t news. The majority of TSA agents don’t engage in behavior like this, obviously. However, when you add theft and canine abuse to Sisyphean wait lines for what amounts to security theater, incidents like this become emblematic of why Americans don’t trust the people entrusted with keeping our skies safe. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
This TSA agent is unfit to handle a dog. pic.twitter.com/A1dGdzpA4a— Catch Up (@CatchUpFeed) May 8, 2023