Caught in the Act: Luggage Looters Stealing Your Goods

Undercover video may make you think twice about checking bags at airport.
3:00 | 12/17/13

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Do you know that wave of relief you get when you finally see your bag on the carousel. Not so fast -- -- just because your -- arrived it doesn't mean your stuff didn't you. You're looking at airline baggage handlers dealing caught on secret cameras hidden in the belly of the plane. One of the busiest airports in the United States JFK in New York. Watches as baggage handler of mines alone. He's quite methodical in his search jackpot can't even takes time to -- he checks were more or I want some credit card. He stuffs his pockets taking the wallet -- the video was obtained exclusively by ABC news from the New York -- supported the -- He had a warning about some airport employees. They are hard working honest people -- in March but there -- -- there are some people who attempted. And -- conduct and criminal activity Joseph -- is to -- of the Port Authority police when they do we we -- to find out who they are and to arrest them for. But Dunn's team has its work cut out -- -- three New York area airports there were nearly 600 reports of luggage step in the last two years. That would win of the season biggest travel weeks upon us -- passengers everywhere face the unseen danger. Airport -- snatching their holiday -- The sting you just harmless of the summer after Israel's el Al airlines started getting complaints from passengers about items missing from their baggage. Jewelry and cash watches laptops ipads and iphones seven workers charged with stealing thousands of dollars in valuables. It's not just New York. In Minneapolis this baggage handler is caught on surveillance tape. Searching suitcases packing valuables in his backpack. His wife was in on the caper when police searched their apartment they discovered 700 items valued at eighty -- thousand dollars. But it's not just baggage handlers dealing and airports in Phoenix this man and his wife were convicted of driving to airport. And plucking other people's luggage right out the carousel. Look at the -- hundreds of bad -- Even TSA workers are getting in on the action. Since 2003 almost 400 TSA personnel have been fired for theft. Including this one Expos last year and -- my colleague Brian Ross was dealing and I Ted. It's not the when TSA is screening all of this luggage they can literally look inside and see if there's anything there it's not a -- -- anymore. They know what's happening you know where to look. In the meantime what can you do to protect yourself for one never pack valuables in your checked luggage cash. Jewelry. Electronics. Even if it's expensive bottle of perfume. Take it and put it in Europe personal. Use will not look at that -- be a beacon -- seats and if you carry on is going to be checked at the last minute. Take the time to open that -- and to remove your valuables. -- taken to the -- with him. The good news center is not the only one watching out for the branches so are done in his -- we constantly review our CC team. He coverage of the airport do you have camera so you can monitor the workers to make sure they're not feeling. We have cameras -- located above the jet ways and then we have other coal -- Cameras -- -- throughout the tunnels that are fed to be operational room. That is monitor. So education is now I can't get to give -- -- news yes definitely explore Nightline -- Pierre Thomas in New York.

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