Alleged iPad-Swiping TSA Agent at DFW Airport Arrested
While some TSA employees at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport let
lawyers with loaded guns walk through security, agent Clayton Keith Dovel allegedly had
his mind on something else -- swiping iPads.
Dovel was arrested earlier this week after on suspicion of stealing numerous
iPads from passenger’s luggage at DFW’s Terminal E.
But I’m having a little bit of a hard time decided who is stupider in this
case -- Dovel or the people who thought placing their iPads in checked
luggage would be OK.
Dovel apparently lifted the iPads from his position where he screened
passenger’s checked luggage by hand. (Yes, the same “Resolution Room” where
a screener at another airport slipped in a note to a passenger after finding
a “personal” item.)
At least one of the theft victims was smart, and apparently using the downloaded
in Find My iPhone app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8) tracked her
stolen iPad right down to Dovel’s house. Police found at least seven iPads
at Dovel’s residence.
TSA, for its part, is placing Dovel on leave until officials can sort out
So two lessons: don’t check your iPad, and download Find My iPhone for your
Apple products right now. It’s probably one of the most useful apps out
there, and even helps catch the occasional dumb criminal.
Posted by Brent Dirks on Feb 01, 2012