Another TSA Employee Caught Stealing From Luggage

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These stories are becoming fairly common:

A Transportation Security Administration baggage inspector at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has been indicted in the theft of Apple iPads from luggage over eight months.

Clayton Keith Dovel, 36, of Bedford was arrested Feb. 1 and has been suspended indefinitely, officials said.

The investigation led to the recovery of eight stolen iPads, including one that was among Dovel’s possessions at Terminal E when he was arrested, airport police said.

His attorney, Greg Westfall, declined to comment.

When the government treats the privacy of airline passengers and their luggage with such indifference, is it really hard to imagine that the agents of the government would also disrespect the property of the passengers?

This is a trend we need to reverse.

Thieves are thieves, and they’re not unique to the government workforce, but there would be less opportunity to steal if the sanctity of our person’s and effects were given the respect the Constitution requires.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Guest

    Rob is pissed that people want stuff.  Theft is noise in the system.  You can plan it out, but you would bitch more about the efforts to do that than the theft itself.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      wow, that was stupid beyond belief sparks.

      do yourself a favor, don’t attempt to be philosophical. just let the booze do the talking for you

      • The Whistler

        It’s amazing how failures, theft and corruption in government service are ignored and all but encouraged by the leftists. 

        • Guest

          It’s amazing how partisan’s demand perfection from other’s ideas, but want to highlight all the practical hang-ups which prevent the perfectness of their own ideas from obtaining.

          Get bent whiner.  It’s easy to bitch.  How would you fix this?  By having a few airlines a year blown out of the air?

    • sbark

      hmmm……”theft is noise in the system”……… your condoning it along the same lines of the OWS movment……wealth redistribution by one means or another.

      …..condoning it basically because the haves—have it,   and the Dont haves—dont have it, but want it….

      I guess upon further consideration–that does follow Dem’cat ideology to the tee….so why should I be surprised?

      so then Warren Buffet, Geithner and Tom Dachels delinquent taxes, basically theft is also “noise in the system”……..what message are they really sending?   Taxes are too high?

      • Guest

        I am not condoning it, I am merely claiming that you will never eliminate it.  I also think it will be impossible to eliminate all murder, but I don’t condone murder.  

        Start using your brain, assclown.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Before the
    TSA became the government agency they are today, they were compiled of life’s
    losers, equivalent to lazy minimum wage slackers. Now, they are federally
    unionized, lazy ass slackers making a living wage.

    We sure have
    come a long way, haven’t we?

  • WOOF

     Checked luggage has long been
     an airport thieves playground.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      …and now the thieves are federal union employees.

      We sure have come a long way haven’t we.

    • NAC

       Are you and Sparkie having a contest to see which one of you is the bigger asshole? It’s a tie!

      • Guest

        I’ll take that as a compliment.

  • Stan

    First it was the baggage handlers that were and still are stealing people’s stuff and now it is a suppose to be honest government agency. No wonder, people hate the government and unions. They are full of criminals that steal the American taxpayers blind. From the idiot in the White House on down the lowliest  person on the totem pole. No wonder these people want a union to back them up at places where they laze about.

    • The Fighting Czech

      Just to be clear,  Most airlines baggage handlers these days are part time,  and non-union.  If fact a lot of airlines contract out ground services like catering,  lav and water servicing, cleaners, and baggage handlers.  and they dont get paid that much,  so I guess they need to supplement their incomes somehow.  I thought the TSA’s got paid pretty good,  I dont understand why they would steal…. other then to say there is always one bad Apple in the basket.  

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Not really Czech. Maybe in little Fargo, but here in little old Green Bay the baggage people are TSA trained. Some are part time, but they still are TSA.

        The cleaning people don’t handle baggage and have nothing to do with this issue

        • The Fighting Czech

          I think were talking about two different things,  When  I hear the term Baggage handlers,  I think of the guys that load and unload  the aircraft. and haul the luggage back and forth from the planes, and the terminal.  You were talking about the TSA guys  that go snooping through our personal items when we try to fly somewhere.  I just call them Airport security.   If thats so, it was my error.  

  • The Whistler

    The last TSA thief that made the news was only caught because an airline employee spotted it and reported it to the police.  In this case the TSA supervisor was caught because the owner of the Ipad had a way to track it down. 

    It’s pretty clear the TSA is so corrupt top to bottom that they can’t police themselves. 

  • andante77

    no men in this timef year come on losing a job for ipad uffff