DALLAS – A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official has been charged after being accused of stealing eight iPads from luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport, KXAS-TV reported.
Clayton Keith Dovel, a baggage inspector, has been charged with theft by a public servant and has been suspended by the TSA.
"The unacceptable behavior of this individual in no way reflects the dedication of our nearly 50,000 transportation security officers who work tirelessly to keep our skies safe," TSA said in a statement obtained by the station.
One victim of Dovel's alleged thefts is University of Texas at Arlington student Borna Maira, who told KXAS that his iPad went missing when he traveled through the airport in May 2011.
"I noticed my iPad was not in my luggage, and I thought, 'Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe I left it at my apartment,'" he said.
Police contacted him months later after finding the iPad at Dovel's home.
Dovel could face between two and 10 years in prison if convicted.