Sea-Tac Airport in top 10 for TSA thefts

Sea-Tac Airport in top 10 for TSA thefts

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Sea-Tac Airport in top 10 for TSA thefts

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 11:55 AM

Sea-Tac International Airport is in the top ten for airports where Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired for theft, including stealing from passengers.

The list of airports was obtained from the TSA by ABC News through a Freedom of Information Act request. The TSA has fired 381 employees for theft.

Sea-Tac Airport is tied for eighth with Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International airports. Each have reported 12 firings.

A TSA spokesperson said that the number of TSA officers fired amounts to less than 0.5 percent of its workforce. It also clarified that the fired offercers were terminated for any type of theft, not just theft from passengers.

"TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism. TSA has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace and takes appropriate action when allegations are substantiated," read a TSA statement.

The spokesperson said many of TSA's workers are military veterans or active duty reserve personnel, and reports like this taint their reputations.

About 900 TSA officers currently work at Sea-Tac Airport.

The top 20 (number of thefts per airport in parentheses):

1.    Miami International (29)

2.    JFK International (27)

3.    Los Angeles International (24)

4.    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (17)

5.    Las Vegas-McCarren International (15)

t6.   Dallas/Fort Worth International (14)

t6.   New York-Laguardia (14)

t8.   Sea-Tac International (12)

t8.   Newark Liberty (12)

t8.   Philadelphia International (12)

11.   Orlando International (11)

t12.  Houston-George Bush Intercontinental (10)

t12.  Salt Lake City International (10)

14.   Washington Dulles International (9)

t15.  Detroit Metro (7)

t15.  New Orleans International (7)

t17.  Boston-Logan International (6)

t17.  Denver International (6)

t17.  San Diego International (6)

20.   Chicago O'Hare International (5)
 

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