Watch Your Gadgets When Flying

Airlines are raking in the money these days thanks mostly to the savings they are realizing on the lower cost of fuel.

Despite the windfall the airlines are benefiting from, some of them do not offer passengers so much as a glass of water or a tiny bag of peanuts during a flight. The food and drinks that are available for purchase on the planes are way overpriced.

At least that’s the way it is while flying coach. In the first-class section, there are more amenities for the passengers but they come at a steep price.

No room for you

Then there are the seats. So desperate are the airlines to make a few extra dollars, they squeeze every seat they possibly can into an airplane. Those seats are small to begin with. When the jerk in front of you decides to recline his chair, there is no room left for you.

Now for the baggage. If by some miracle your suitcase arrives at the same destination you do, there is a chance has been damaged or searched by workers looking to steal something of value.

Think I’m exaggerating? You won’t think so after hearing about a recent case in Virginia.

A baggage handler in Norfolk has admitted that he stole personal property from a passenger’s bag while working at Norfolk International Airport.

What the 24-year-old man did, according to his plea agreement, was grab an iPad from checked luggage in a secure area of the airport. The popular Apple device belonged to an active duty member of the U.S. Navy.

A myriad of options

What were the baggage handler’s options at this point? He could keep it for his own use. He could pawn it. He could sell it to a friend or peddle it to a stranger from the trunk of his car.

This genius had a better idea. He called the sailor and told him that he bought the iPad on Craigslist.com for $200. The sailor, who was using the device for an intelligence class, offered the airport worker $100 to mail the tablet to him in California.

The baggage handler agreed to the deal and mailed off the iPad.

Bad move. He was arrested for mail fraud and then made a plea bargain. He could go away for as many as 20 years when sentencing is handed down in 2016.

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