TSA and Port Authority Police team up at Newark Liberty International Airport
It’s about strong partnerships that collaborate and team up to improve overall security that pay big dividends, according to TSA officials.
TSA officials say that partnership paid off Sunday (Sept. 25) when a thief was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport after the TSA alerted Port Authority police to a theft passenger-to-passenger that took place at one of the Terminal C checkpoints.
The result was the arrest and return of a stolen wedding ring.
A traveler, who was passing through a TSA security checkpoint, approached a TSA screening agent to report that a ring that the passenger had placed in a checkpoint bin was missing.
The supervisor reviewed CCTV video of the traveler’s screening experience at the checkpoint and spotted another passenger taking the ring.
TSA officials notified Port Authority Police (PAPD) who responded to the checkpoint, reviewed the video to get a clear view of the thief, and walked in the direction he was heading when he left the checkpoint.
Shortly after, police returned to the checkpoint with the ring after finding the thief at his gate and arresting him as he waited to board his flight.
“It’s a story with a happy ending,” Carter said.
“The video was crisp and there was a clear image of what the thief looked like. The police understood the urgency of finding the man before he could fly away. This is just one example of our partnership with the PAPD.
More often, we work hand in hand when weapons such as firearms are detected by our TSA agents or to assist when there are unruly passengers in the terminal. When passengers or employees are observed by the TSA team as being in distress due to a problem, the TSA also partners with PAPD to ensure the individual is cared for and supported until emergency services arrive .
The PAPD is also called upon when suspicious objects or individuals are observed.
Sometimes the police are asked to respond to TSA checked baggage screening areas to help with undeclared and improperly packaged firearms.
“Our TSA personnel are not law enforcement officers and we rely on our partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its police department to help ensure a safe and secure environment. in and around the airport,” Carter said.
“We work with PAPD every day from curb to gate to help ensure travelers arrive at their destination safely. Sunday meant working together to catch a thief and return a stolen wedding ring,” he said.