The Cheddi Jagan International Airport in a statement this afternoon announced that 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 airport.
According to the statement, the female officer was processing the outgoing passenger at Gate 1 around 5:21pm last Friday, October 16, 2015 when she swiped the cash out of the passenger’s wallet, and placed it in one of her gloves.
The airport said the victim alerted other security agents when she realized that the money was missing. 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”, the report said.
The passenger had complained that she was about to board her flight when she was called aside for an additional security check. She said she noticed the young woman going through her purse and belongings in her handbag and checked for her money as soon as the bag was handed back to her.
She said although the young woman initially denied removing the money, it was spotted in a glove close by that the young woman was wearing moments before.
The Cheddi Jagan Airport has since contacted the police over the incident.