TSA Agent Arrested for Stealing Passenger's Cash at JFK Airport
A Transportation Security Administration agent working at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing cash from a traveler's wallet, officials revealed Sunday via the New York Daily News.
The agent, identified as 37-year-old Joe Bengay has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and larceny.
Authorities were first notified to the theft when a traveler told police he was missing $61 from his wallet after taking it from a security screening bin. Bengay was arrested by Port Authority police after officials reviewed the surveillance footage.
The arrest is the latest in a series of black eyes for the TSA. Last month, a TSA agent was arrested at nearby LaGuardia Airport after being accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger.
Earlier this year, a pair of screeners at Denver International Airport were fired for allegedly groping male passengers as they made their way through the screening process. In a statement, the agency called the alleged acts "egregious and intolerable."
In wake of recent troubling incidents, Rep. Tom Rooney has introduced the Stop TSA Abuses Act in hopes of eradicating full-body screenings and pat-downs.
Currently, new TSA chief Peter Neffenger is working to address concerns relating to recent security lapses, revealing that his "highest priority is to ensure solutions to the recent covert testing failures" during a congressional panel appearance this past July.
Nonetheless, the agency continues to struggle with "very low morale and an extremely high turnover rate," according to House Homeland Security Committee senior Democrat Bennie Thompson.
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