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TSA & Airline Employees Involved in Mass Employee Parking Pass Theft At DFW Airport

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Oct 02, 2013 12:49 PM EDT

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A TSA agent almost didn't let passenger through because she had a Washington, D.C. identification card and the agent didn't know where DC was or that and ID card from there is legitimate. (Photo : Reuters)

Several TSA officers were caught up to no good recently. Twenty-one Transportation Security Administration officers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and an American Eagle employee were busted stealing employee parking passes.

An investigation began in March by the airport's Department of Public Safety after American Eagle reported that 129 parking passes were stolen from an office located in Terminal B, NBC reports.

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The theft led to an elaborate scheme in which an American Eagle worker stole the cards and recruited TSA officers to sell them to co-workers for $100 each. The American Eagle worker is now charged with count of Class A misdemeanor theft.

"American Eagle has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of activity. We have worked closely with the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety to investigate this matter. The individual involved is no longer employed by American Eagle," an American Eagle spokesperson said.

One of the TSA officers accused of selling the parking passed was arrested and received a felony charge of theft or service. Another officer was also arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft of service in connection with multiple violations.

The other 19 TSA officers are being charged with a Class B misdemeanor theft of service as they were accused of using the passes without obtaining them properly. TSA officers at the airport are required to pay $102 every quarter to park in two employee parking lots. The stolen $100 parking passes were a better deal as they allowed the employees to park for a year.

 The arrests were made over the weekend. The American Eagle employee has been fired and at least eight of the 21 TSA agents involved have been suspended indefinitely without pay.


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