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(Scroll down for video) A TSA agent claims that it is just normal and even justified for TSA agents to steal from passengers.
A former TSA agent who spent three years in prison for stealing from passenger luggage says the practice is common.
Pythias Brown admits stealing more than $800,000 in cash, clothing and electronics in a period of four years at Newark Liberty International Airport. He was finally caught trying to sell a stolen camera on eBay. "It became so easy, I had complacency," Brown told the news media.
While Brown says he could have been one of the biggest thieves of the Transportation Security Administration, he believes that the agency has a culture of looking the other way. "It was so easy. One day I left there with the video game, the Nintendo Wii. I walked outside the checkpoint with the Nintendo Wii in hand," he said.
TSA agents justify their actions, he said. "We are not being paid, we are treated badly. They are doing this and are doing that. They do not care," he said about his former managers.
About 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing, according to the agency, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of passengers and cargo.
But Brown says the TSA agents fired could only be the tip of the iceberg. Theft "was very common. Very" he said.
Lax supervision only aggravates the problem. "The TSA managers never checked our bags, never looked. Nada.”