It's another black eye week for the Transportation Security Administration, as a New York-based agent was busted for stealing a diamond-encrusted watch and a newly released video showed a Denver agent groping a passenger.
TSA screener Margo Louree-Grant, 41, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly stole a $7,000 luxury watch left behind by a passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York Daily News reported.
Port Authority police said she snatched the watch after a passenger left it in a screening bin. She reportedly took it to a bathroom, but became nervous when she saw other TSA agents searching for it and so she destroyed it. Louree-Grant was charged with grand larceny and official misconduct.
Meanwhile, newly released footage from a Feb. 9 incident at Denver International Airport shows agent Ty Spicha, 27, fondling male passengers, officials told CBS.
Spicha colluded with a fellow agent, Yasmeen Shafi, 22, who manipulated scanning machines so that male travelers who Spicha found attractive would be identified as female. The scanner would then pick up abnormalities in the passenger's genital region, giving Spicha justification to pat them down.
Shafi reportedly admitted to altering the scans of 10 passengers, and both employees were fired in April for their misconduct. The Denver District Attorney’s office was “unable to corroborate the victims' claims with any additional facts,” and dropped the criminal case against the pair in July, allowing for the release of the video, according to the Daily News.
Officials said victimized passengers could still come forward and sue the pair.
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