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Thu Oct 4, 2012 1:34PM GMT

A former TSA  worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who  complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent  admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of  obedience.


60-year-old John  W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in  November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than  face a body scanner due to a medical condition.


When TSA agents  ordered the man undergo the pat down in a private room, he complained but agreed  to do so.


The man placed  $520 in cash in a gray plastic bin before accompanying the TSA agents to the  private room. When he returned, the money was gone, with Irwin having hidden it  in a TSA supervisor’s drawer.


When the man  asked Irwin where the cash had gone, Irwin claimed ignorance and the incident  was subsequently reported to the police.


After first  denying to police that he had stolen the money, Irwin later admitted he had put  the cash in his locker as a form of punishment in retaliation for the man  complaining over his treatment. Prison Planet






Last month, a  TSA screener admitted to a woman traveling through Houston Airport that she was  prevented from boarding her flight for retaliatory reasons as punishment for a  bad attitude rather than any genuine security threat, after the woman refused to  allow TSA agents to test her drink for explosives. Prison  Planet


The TSA, in  October 2010, directed the use of the scanners, sometimes known as advanced  imaging technology, which some critics fear could emit too much radiation.  Reuters


In addition, the  TSA authorized enhanced pat-downs, which could include the touching of genitals,  buttocks and breasts, for passengers unwilling to go through the scanners.  Passengers who rejected both procedures would not be allowed to fly. Reuters


Critics maintain  the scanners, which use radiation to peer through clothes, are threats to  Americans’ privacy and health.


The  effectiveness of pat-downs does not matter very much, because the obvious goal  of the TSA is to make the pat-down embarrassing enough for the average passenger  that the vast majority of people will choose high-tech humiliation. The  Atlantic

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