An Aviation Security agent attached to a private company contracted by an airline was fired for stealing US currency from an outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the airport said in a statement.
The passenger was about to board a Caribbean Airlines flight to New York when the incident occurred.
The female officer was processing the passenger at Gate 1 around 17:21 h last Friday, October 16, 2015 when she swiped the cash out of the passenger’s wallet, and placed it in one of her gloves.
When the victim realized the money was missing, she immediately alerted staff in the vicinity. The cash was found and returned to the passenger.
The incident was reported to CJIA’s management by a relative of the passenger on, October 18, 2015 and an internal investigation was immediately launched. The airport’s security footage corroborates the sequence of events.
Meanwhile, the head of CJIA’s Security Department was in contact with the passenger’s relative, and yesterday, October 19, 2015 the said relative was informed of the investigation’s finding and action taken against the security officer.
The matter is now in the hands of the police.