Are Your Bags Safe From TSA Theft? – Top 20 Airports For TSA Theft

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A new TSA report ranks airports by safety from TSA theft.  What is outrageous to me is that the problem is so prevalent.  Does the TSA not screen their employees?

Here are the results from newly released Transportation Security Administration figures 2002-2011:

  1. Miami International Airport – 29
  2. JFK International Airport – 27
  3. Los Angeles International Airport – 24
  4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – 17
  5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport – 15
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – 14
  7. New York-Laguardia Airport – 14
  8. Newark Liberty – 12
  9. Philadelphia International – 12
  10. Seattle-Tacoma International airports – 12
  11. Orlando International Airport – 11
  12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport – 10
  13. Salt Lake City International Airport – 10
  14. Washington Dulles International Airport – 9
  15. Detroit Metro Airport – 7
  16. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport – 7
  17. Boston-Logan International – 6
  18. Denver International – 6
  19. San Diego International airports – 6
  20. Chicago O’Hare International Airport – 5


It would be nice if travelers did not have to protect belongings from TSA employees at the airport. It is a sad reality that you should be worried that items in your checked luggage might be compromised.

Here are some safety precautions from the TSA to protect you from…wait for it…the TSA!

  • When possible, NEVER let your belongings out of your sight
  • NEVER pack ANYTHING valuable or fragile in your checked baggage
  • ALWAYS carry your own purse, wallet, passport, valuables, etc. – do not entrust them to anyone
  • ALWAYS watch your belongings as they advance through the x-ray equipment at the security checkpoints – for secondary screening, INSIST that your belongings be brought to you if you cannot maintain visual contact of your property.
  • BE AWARE of your surroundings, the people around you, and the nearest exits – BE PREPARED!

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  1. Do you have info on the worst airports for lost/damaged bags in tandem with the employee thefts you mention here?

  2. Yeah I packed with haste on my last trip and threw my GoPro camera in my checked luggage…it didn’t make it past the TSA thieves.

  3. Yet another reason to shutdown the TSA and let the airlines take care of security.

    Congress should pass a law with teeth in it.

    The penalty for the theft of property from taxi, bus, train, airline, or maritime transporation facilities shall be a minimum of 5 years in prison, minimum of $5,000 fine, and lifetime prohibition against employment in the transportation, security, government, and financial industries.

  4. There are sophisicated gangs operating these thefts. I had $2,000 of clothes stolen at IAH.

    cctv would be a good idea .. so would “bait” bags with a tracker inside to catch these unprincipled thieves. Then Jail them for 7 years with no Parole .. They wont do it again!

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