An airline passenger going through security at JFK airport last night was relieved of $5,000 cash by a quick-fingered TSA officer, authorities say. A TSA spokesperson tells us the employee has been working for the TSA for over four years, and she's been identified as Alexandra Schmid. She was allegedly caught on surveillance camera taking the cash from a passenger's jacket as it moved along the X-Ray conveyor belt at the A checkpoint in Terminal Four.
After the passenger checked his coat and found the cash was missing, security checked the surveillance footage and found Schmid on camera her wrapping the money in a plastic glove and taking it to a bathroom. She's been charged with grand larceny. Unfortunately for the passenger, who left the country last night, the money has not yet been recovered, and investigators suspect Schmid handed off the loot to to an accomplice. Port Authority spokesman Al Della Fave tells us that investigators are also looking to see if Schmid is connected to other cash thefts at the airport.
In a statement, a TSA rep insists, "The actions of a few individuals in no way reflect on the outstanding job our 50,000 security officers do every day to ensure the security of the traveling public." And it's true; in recent months travelers flying with such precious items as vibrators and marijuana have arrived at their destination with friendly notes from the outstanding TSA staff!