TSA paying passengers for lost baggage - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

TSA paying passengers for lost baggage

Posted: Updated:
(NBC) -

The TSA pays millions to passengers for baggage screener behavior.

According to a "USA Today" investigation, the Transportation Security Administration paid passengers $3 million over the last five years for claims that airport security screeners broke, lost or stole their luggage or items.

Payments ranged from a few bucks to missing food or medicine to several thousand dollars for jewelry, electronics and other items passengers said were broken or disappeared in TSA's hands. 

The TSA said the approved claims represent a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million pieces of baggage its agents screen everyday.

It also said it only paid on half of all claims it received.

Since 2003, some 500 screeners have been fired for theft. 

Powered by Frankly