Catherine Ross, NBC 5 News
An undercover investigation netted 22 arrests in a scheme involving selling stolen airport employee parking passes to TSA agents. One American Eagle employee lost his job and eight TSA agents were suspended without pay. New documents released Tuesday shed light on the investigation.
A total of 21 Transportation Security Administration officers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and an American Eagle employee have now been arrested following an investigation into stolen employee parking passes.
The probe started in March with an undercover investigation by the airport's Department of Public Safety after American Eagle reported that 129 parking passes had been stolen from its offices inside Terminal B.
Investigators say an American Eagle worker stole the placards and recruited TSA officers to sell the passes to co-workers for $100 apiece. The employee is charged with count of Class A misdemeanor theft, the airport said in a statement Tuesday.
The TSA officer accused of selling the parking passes was arrested on a felony charge of theft of service. Another TSA employee was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft of service in connection with multiple violations, the airport said.
The remaining 19 TSA employees are accused of using the parking passes without properly obtaining them and are charged with Class B misdemeanor theft of service.
The last arrests were made over this past weekend.
The American Eagle employee was fired, and at least eight of the 21 TSA agents have been suspended indefinitely without pay.
TSA officers at DFW Airport -- even part-time -- are required to pay $102 every quarter to park in two employee parking lots. The stolen airline parking passes allegedly sold for $100 allowed employees to park for one year.