TSA screener busted for stealing iPads, laptops from luggage

by PHILP MESSING  and  BETH DeFALCO, The New York Post  |  published on December 6, 2012

TSA screeners are doing their holiday shopping in your luggage.

Port Authority cops on Tuesday busted a crooked 32-year-old TSA screener for stealing iPads and laptops from checked baggage at JFK Airport as part of a sting into the increasing problem of sticky-fingered screeners.

Screener Sean J. Henry of Brooklyn was arrested leaving the airport Tuesday with two Port Authority GPS-equipped “bait iPads,” a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and possibly another laptop in his bag; a stolen Apple laptop was also found in his home, according to a law enforcement source.

Henry was charged with larceny, possession of stolen property, and official misconduct. He is awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court.

The PAPD sting had been put in place to address “an on-going theft problem of passengers’ valuables handled by TSA at the airport,” according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case.

The bust is the latest blow to the beleaguered agency. Earlier this year, there were as many as 40 TSA screeners dismissed from Newark Airport for failing to properly conduct their screening duties, and in some cases, sleeping on the job.

The sting comes after New York Sen. Chuck Shumer called on the agency to conduct stings and to subject screeners to the same searches as passenger when they leave work to make sure they aren’t looting luggage.

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