(NewsCore)(New York Post) – A Transportation Security Administration screener was busted for allegedly stealing $5,000 from a passenger who was going through a security checkpoint at New York’s JFK airport, the latest in a string of snafus by the federal agency, authorities said Thursday.
Alexandra Schmid, 31, of Brooklyn, was arrested after she was seen on Terminal 4 surveillance cameras stealing the money from a Bangladeshi national, Port Authority police said.
The passenger had placed his jacket on the belt so it could be scanned. After it was scanned, the passenger complained that his money was missing.
Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave said Schmid was caught on camera placing the money in a latex glove and then going to the bathroom with it.
Schmid was later arrested by Officer Joseph Opramalla and taken into custody.
Schmid — who has worked for the TSA for four and a half years — has been charged with grand larceny and is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.
The arrest is just the latest scandal to hit the TSA in the New York area.
On Monday, the New York Post reported that a federal probe into allegedly lax security at Newark Airport led to the suspension of eight workers for everything from stealing from passengers to sleeping on the job to failing to screen luggage for potential bombs
The Post reported that hidden surveillance cameras caught several TSA screeners sleeping while on duty.