Pythias Brown is–or until recently, was–a TSA screener at Newark Liberty Airport.
While diligently protecting the homeland from airborne nail clippers and shampoo bottles, he also removed over a quarter million dollars’ worth of suspicious laptops, cameras, and other high-end electronics from the luggage of the traveling public. (He had the suspicion they’d fetch a pretty penny on eBay.)
He finally managed to trip himself up after pilfering a camera from a CNN employee. CNN was less than pleased to find the missing item on eBay, and a short while later, Pythias Brown’s house was raided. The agents secured 66 laptops and 31 cameras, a bunch of jewelry, GPS devices, and other assorted loot. (Here’s his feedback profile on eBay. For fun, add up all the dollar amounts…here’s a TSA employee that was making way more off the clock than on it.)
How the hell can a TSA agent walk off the job with a $47,000 camera under his arm, and nobody even raises an eyebrow?
Pythias Brown needs to do some hard time, but his supervisors should spend at least part of the time in jail with him. In a perfect world, anyone caught abusing his public position for personal enrichment would get a blindfold and a firing squad, but I’d settle for doubling the regular jail sentence, to start.