Airport Security Safer? Maybe, but Think again! Theft, Security Breaches, Corruption (Pics/VIDEO's) -

Airport Security Safer? Maybe, but Think again! Theft, Security Breaches, Corruption

So you think you are safer flying the shies these days?  Think again! Maybe you are, but more and more occurrences appear where those who handle baggage/cargo, screen passengers and/or are involved with the security of air travel related functions are exposed as being Corrupt.

The article below is just on of the many that have and are taking place. Here at we will be bringing what can be found out there to you, so keep checking back right here.

Michael Love, IIO


Airport Worker Caught on Tape Stealing Thousands From Passengers
 Increasing employee theft incidents raise concerns over airport security.

A Minneapolis-St. Paul airport baggage handler was busted this week after prosecutors say he was caught on tape stealing valuables from the bags of passengers. David Vang, 23, allegedly walked away with $84,000 worth of passengers' belongings over an eight month period.

Guns, jewelry and watches were among the items prosecutors say he stuffed into his backpack.
Vang faces 11 felony counts of theft.

Brad Garrett, a former FBI special agent and ABC News analyst, said it would be difficult to stop something like this from happening again.

"You basically can't secure bags because of the sheer volume and the movement of the bags and the handlers ability to have the bags where no one's watching him at any given time," he said.

A second airport horror story was also exposed this week when a Delta Airlines employee allegedly breached security at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Marcelino Aponte, 31, was turned away by TSA officials because he did not have a boarding pass for his flight to Orlando.

Authorities say Aponte then used his airport security badge to get through locked areas and board his flight- completely bypassing any metal detectors.

TSA told ABC News they responded within nine minutes, however Aponte's flight landed in Orlando before he was detained.

"The reality is if you work at an airline and you're moving around through the airport from non secure to secure areas, you in effect do not have to go through TSA clearances each time you go in and out of a secure area," Garrett said.


Minneapolis airport worker accused of stealing guns, other valuables from luggage

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 11:25 PM

A behind-the-scenes airport worker is accused of stealing guns, computers, cellphones, cameras and more.

A behind-the-scenes worker at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is accused of stealing nearly $85,000 in valuables from checked luggage, including guns.

David Vang
David Vang, 23, of St. Paul, was charged by summons in Hennepin County District Court with 11 counts of felony theft in losses last summer and fall at Terminal 1, also known as the Lindbergh terminal.

“Such thefts are rare, but they do occur,” airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said Thursday. “Nearly 20,000 people work at MSP International Airport, and while most are honest, law-abiding citizens, there are likely to be a few in such a large group who aren’t as trustworthy.”

Precaution advice

Hogan added that the best way for travelers to protect themselves is to “pack valuables in their carry-on luggage, rather than their checked luggage, whenever possible.”

Along with 10 firearms retrieved from Vang’s living room closet, authorities say they uncovered more than 700 other items he stole, including iPads, laptop computers, projectors, cellphones, cameras, purses, watches, knives, jewelry and hunting and fishing gear.

Vang was employed at the time by the Dallas area’s Elite Line Services to maintain baggage conveyance systems.

Airport police were led to the thefts after a Delta Air Lines traveler reported that his bow and electronic items were missing from his luggage when he arrived in Alaska from Minneapolis, according to the criminal complaint.

All of the victims were believed to be passengers making flight connections, because “the items had been electronically scanned into checked luggage inventory by [MSP] airline employees but were not among the items scanned as having been loaded onto the aircraft,” Hogan said.

“One of the challenges is that travelers will often report missing items only to their airline or only to law enforcement officials at the airport where they originally checked the bag,” Hogan added, “not at their destination airport or at the airport where they caught a connecting flight.

“Many times thefts aren’t reported to us at all, and when they are, it can be difficult to determine where along the traveler’s route the crime occurred.”

Cameras aid in case

Police had two hidden cameras installed in the area where they believed the thefts were occurring. Surveillance footage showed Vang taking items from luggage and hiding them nearby until his shift ended, the complaint added.

The surveillance also showed Vang taking the items to an employee parking ramp, where he put them in a vehicle driven by his wife, Vue Xiong, according to the charges. Xiong, 21, was charged with one count of felony theft.

Vue Xiong

Under questioning by police, Vang admitted to the theft, the complaint read. Authorities put the value of the items at $84,379.

The defendants, who were charged by summons, could not immediately be reached for comment. Vang’s first court appearance is set for April 18, Xiong’s on April 25.

Vang had a security badge issued by police, Hogan said. Since Vang worked in a secure area, he “had gone through all the federal background checks, and no disqualifying crimes were identified on his record,” Hogan added.

Hogan did not know whether his employer ran Van through a similar security process. A supervisor at the company’s Twin Cities facility declined to comment on the case.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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Delta Airlines employee, Marcelino Aponte, arrested in JFK security breach

Published: April 5, 2013 11:34 AM

Officials say the Delta Airlines employee was arrested after getting on to a flight without a boarding pass. (April 5, 2013 11:20 AM)

JAMAICA - Officials have reported a security breach by an airline employee at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to officials, the Delta Airlines employee was arrested for getting onto a flight without a boarding pass.

News 12 Long Island has been told Marcelino Aponte, 31, of the Bronx, skipped security and boarded a flight to Orlando on Wednesday.

The TSA reportedly waited 45 minutes before alerting police about the breach.

Aponte was arrested when his flight landed in Florida. His airport identification will likely be revoked.

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