Exclusive: CBS 2′s Explosive Report On JFK Baggage Thefts Leads To Demands On FAA

March 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Exclusive: CBS 2′s Explosive Report On JFK Baggage Thefts Leads To Demands On FAA
" NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There was outrage and a demand for action Tuesday to make traveling safer for passengers following a CBS 2 exclusive report about rampant theft of luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The baggage scandal has prompted calls for the Federal Aviation Administration to put undercover agents in the bellies of airplanes, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports.

It was a stunning discovery by Long Island resident Rita Lamberg after $160,000 of her jewelry was stolen from her luggage at JFK.

“There are no cameras in the baggage once it’s in the plane. Once they took my overnight into the plane that’s where they took all the jewelry,” Lamberg said,

Several baggage handlers were recently arrested for the crime, but that usually doesn’t happen. The bad guys frequently are almost never caught at JFK, where law enforcement sources told Kramer that thefts at the airport have increased at a staggering and alarming rate. There are now more than 200 a day – and that’s every day.

Sources said baggage handlers, jetway workers and even security people are all in on the ongoing scam to steal you blind.

“It’s devastating "

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