A security screener at the Manila airport this month was caught on camera stealing $300 from a departing passenger whose bag she was inspecting. To hide the evidence, she stuffs the money in her mouth.
CCTV footage captured security screening officer (SSO) Irency Morados turning away from another passenger and discreetly placing something into her waist area.
A report by airport authorities detailed that X-ray operator Regino Allen Pollante handed a bottle of water to Morados, who appeared to be “edgy and restless,” in an act of seeming “connivance,” according to Manila Bulletin.
She is then seen attempting to swallow the stolen bills, even as her supervisor, Abraham de Luna, “was seemingly communicating with her,” the report noted.
The screener has been “suspended” pending an investigation. No word though whether or not this experience will qualify her to work for TSA in Miami.
I remember my first time departing from the Manila airport, where I had to pay a departure fee. It was collected by one person who gave me a ticket that I had to hand to the staffer a few feet in front of them. The whole procedure with the second employee was all to make sure that the first employee didn’t steal the money. Every passenger received a ticket, without it they couldn’t pass. And every ticket got reconciled with the cash at the end of each shift. There were twice the staff needed for the task in order to prevent embezzlement.
Meanwhile, San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston was heard mumbling that we need a massive campaign, just like when we got people to wear seatbelts in cars, pounding in the message in every way possible: do not bring cash with you to the airport. That way we can reduce the chances that security officials will steal it.