Senior Citizen Accuses TSA of Stealing $300 From Him


The TSA is at it again.

A 95-year-old Michigan man says he was subjected to humiliating searches by security guards at San Diego International Airport and that his $300 went missing during the process.

Omer Petti, 95, said he believes an airport employee stole the cash that he was told to remove from his pocket and place in a bin on his way through security on March 29. He and his girlfriend, Madge Woodward, 85, were headed home after a family vacation in Palm Springs.

“I got set up, and they took my money,” said Petti.

This certainly sounds like a pretty neat operation. First they demand that the 95 year old remove his money from his pocket. Next they pull him aside and drag him into a private room for further screening.

When he finally gets released to collect his belongings and finds out that his money is missing he’s told that he should continue on and the thieves TSA would look into it.

Now they are saying that their video is too blurry to tell what happened to their money.

So do you feel safer that the TSA is harassing senior citizens and stealing their money?

The TSA spokesman said that they recommend that you should put your valuables in your carry on bag before you hand it over to them. He says it’s so you don’t forget it behind but I think it’s probably a lot easier than having to pickpocket. Not only that, hopefully the mark won’t notice what they are missing until they are already on their plane.

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  • Wayne

    What gets me is when I grumble about taking my shoes off, removing my jacket, removing my belt, emptying my pockets…etc.  The person next to me always says, “As long as it makes us safer…”.  People are brainwashed.

    • Wayne

      I’m talking about ND airports!

    • The Whistler

       Yeah, I’ve thought about asking them “how does it make us safer to harass a senior citizen?” but it’s not really the time or place for a debate

      • flamemeister

        They can really nail you for backtalk.

        • Spartacus

          Yeah, just ask congressman Canseco. If you’re going to be accused of assault you should at least get to actually hit the perverted s.o.b.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Janetalia Nappytano certainly makes me feel safer… 

      “It [the Mexican/US border] is as safe and secure as it’s ever been….”  -Janet Napolitano

  • Guest

    Sounds like the GOP’s idea of savvy businessmen.

    • Spartacus

       Speaking of savvy businessmen, how’s Obama’s economy doing?

      • mikemc1970

        Think dieing cancer patient, on a ventilator, spitting out their last few breathes. That’s the picture of the Obama economy.

        • Jody L

          You forgot the last few moments when TSA strip searches it and steal what’s left of the money.

      • mickey_moussaoui


        funny how old sparks comments always bite him in his drunken ass

        • two_amber_lamps

           Yup.   Ol’ Spar-KKK-ie works very hard at his chose profession…

    • 1369

      How screwed up can you get? 

    • mickey_moussaoui

      speaking of savy…..REPORT:
      Michelle’s Spanish Vacation Cost Taxpayers $467,585

      theft seems to run in democrat circles

  • Roy_Bean

    Years ago there was a movie called “Billy Jack”, not a very good movie but one line stuck with me.  “When Policemen break the law then there is no law, only a struggle to survive.”  Now we see people sexually assaulted and robbed and then threatened with arrest if they protest.  TSA is permanently soiling the long tradition of the blue uniform and the badge.  I think they should be forced to wear any other color uniform but blue (or brown). 

    • The Whistler

       Bright orange jumpsuits seem appropriate to me. 

      • ND in MD

        Yeah, and knstead of TSA they will say D.O.C.

  • Sticker Shock

    Maybe the accusations are true, but it sounds rather far fetched.  The old boy might have dementia and simply lost the money or spent it somewhere and doesn’t remember.

    • 2hotel9

       Really? TSA employees are routinely busted for stealing items from passengers luggage, one was busted last week for running a prostitution ring from their government issued computer, TSA has failed every security test that has been run on them since their creation and TSA has not, ever, one single time, stopped a terrorist action nor have they killed a single terrorist. Ever. Period.

      But hey!  Keep defending them, that is all you Democrat Party c*nts ever do, defend government malfeasance and incompetence, and crap on Americans.

      • Harper

        Dude,do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

        • 2hotel9

           Poor little sticker shock. Using a suckpuppet is an admission of defeat. Good job, stupid c*nt.

        • Paul

           Nah, he kisses yours, and she loves it!!!

  • headward

    I thought the it was a TSA/IRS double agent. Just some more of the cost savings in Obamacare.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    considering all the theft charges related to TSA agents over the last couple years, this story is hardly “far fetched”. (Unless you  don’t pay attention to the news anyway.)

    It’s a crummy job that doesn’t appeal to above average candidates. The gov can soft sell the TSA as law enforcement but in reality most of these people are nothing more than shopping mall rent-a-cop rejects.

    • The Whistler

      What kind of person wants a job where you are supposed to harass grandma and let people who fit the terrorist profile go through without a second look.  

      You’re not going to get someone committed to safety.  All you’ll get are people that are bullies or perverts; or people that couldn’t get another job. 

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        What kind of person wants a job where you are supposed to harass grandma
        and let people who fit the terrorist profile go through without a
        second look.

        So you want TSA to be like you and not look at everyone equally, because only brown people do bad things?

        On top of being a complete idiot, you’re also an asshole.

        If you are going to make the claim that the TSA is in the cash theft business, why don’t you show us evidence of at least 3 accounts of cash theft.

        • donwalk

          22 February 2011Multiple Alleged Thefts by TSA Employees Earlier this month, three New York area TSA employees were arrested in two separate incidents after being accused of stealing up to about $70,000 from airline passengers.

          According to a statement by the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, Michael Arato, a supervisor at Newark Liberty Airport, admitted in federal court that he accepted bribes and kickbacks from a coworker who stole money during security screenings at his checkpoint.

          Prosecutors allege that Arato permitted a worker under his supervision to steal $10,000 to $30,000 in cash from travelers’ bags over a 13 month month period, and that the subordinate shared some of the stolen money with Arato. Between September 13 and October 5, 2010, video surveillance captured Arato allegedly accepting approximately $3,100 in bribes. In addition to admitting that he took bribes related to his coworker’s theft, Arato also admitted that he regularly stole from passengers traveling through his checkpoint.Other TSA TheftsThis is not the first time that TSA employees have been accused of stealing from passengers. According to Bloomberg, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis stated that between 2008 and 2010, 12 TSA officers lost their jobs due to thefts at security points or from checked baggage.

          • The Whistler

             Have you noticed that when a TSA agent is busted it’s not because a supervisor or a coworker turned them in?  In the case of the TSA agent stealing IPADS and selling them on EBAY (while he was still on the job) it was an airline employee that saw it.

            His coworkers had to know but they are probably willing to do the same thing if they get the opportunity. 

        • The Whistler

           No, they are in the ripping the taxpayer off business.  The thefts, usually in electronics rather than cash are just a perk they take when they can get it.  The copping a feel of little kids is another perk for those attracted to children and the bullying people attracts another type of deviant.

          We’re no safer when the TSA bullies a obvious non threat when they should be looking out for terrorists. 

        • 2hotel9

           DoJ is prosecuting 7 cases of TSA employees stealing cash and property. But go ahead, prove they are not doing it. Go for it, tranni.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Every agency, private or public, has been caught stealing property from those using it’s service.

            According to these fools, FedEx, DHL and the others are in the business of stealign cash.  But nobody says anything how how FedEx employees steal property.

          • Econwarrior

            There are no “private agencies”; they are called businesses, and free Americans get to choose whether or not to deal with them.  Not so for govt, which confiscates our earnings against our will, and spends them in bribing us with our own money to do the govt’s will.  Big difference, little hanni/danni/bobbi.
            You continue your addiction to ridiculous false equivalences.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Really?  There are no private agencies?  You sure you don’t want to revise that?  There are private agencies that have been murdering people in Iraq.

          • 2hotel9

             Again, tranni, you claim TSA is not riddled with criminals. Prove it, whinny lying c*nt.

          • Jim

             Taking from someone else is the liberal way.

  • 2hotel9

    Add this to the systematic and criminal harassment of a 7 year old girl with cerebral palsy, exactly WHO is TSA “protecting”?

    • Awfulorv

      In the main they are closing ranks behind incompetent workers, mostly black, but always Democrats. Did you ever wonder why Washington, D.C. runs so badly?  Why it has eleven police agencies within it’s bounds?  Why most official agencies have  80%, or more, blacks employed by them, supervised  by leftists, commies, and soft headed racists, as you’ll find on this blog, and will soon be frothing  over what I write. Let me ask you to seriously consider this,  In what other political district could someone like Marian Berry survive, and thrive?  He wouldn’t be selected as a coffee dispenser at Jamestown Hospital, for Gods sake.   It’s a wonder  the place doesn’t operate as bad as most African countries.  But it will, it will…  

      • Zach

        So the government is so bad because they “have  80%, or more, blacks employed by them”? Interesting.

        • Econwarrior

          Yeah, govt jobs take from the economy, requiring the private sector taxpayers to get more of their earnings confiscated by obama’s greedy govt.  You really don’t understand that?
          Why don’t you want “black people” contributing to the economy?

        • Awfulorv

          if it were just employing them that would be one thing, the thievery of an entire pallet of newly printed twenties, with no real effort to prosecute the guilty, no doubt because they’re black, is quite another. Then there’s the missing coins from the fare boxes, not only there, but in every large city which utilizes them, etc., etc., etc. And what would you call the first families use of your tax money to rent out first class hotels, throughout the world, for themselves, their friends, their children?   But, of course, they can’t be held responsible because of that slavery thing, which, I’ll bet, their ancestors weren’t very good at, either. And, I’ll also wager, when the total swag from their con job, on some Americans, is counted, if it could ever be, it will shock even you bleeding heart Liberals.

    • The Whistler

       If you’re some sicko that get’s off on bullying disabled 7 year old girls what better job could you get?  You’ve got immunity from prosecution, a high wage, great benefits and lifetime employment. 

      What a country!

      • 2hotel9

         And don’t forget all the tiny bottles of booze they can stuff their pockets with.

  • George Ipcress

    I new that when the US government would take over airport security and hire mostly HUD people that robbery would become rampant. Ogden had a better class of employee and was doing just fine with security at US airports. Anytime the US government gets their Nasalbeak in on something, the out come is ruination. Get rid of TSA and that ugly ignorant John Pistole. Just don’t fly if you don’t want robbed.