ABC said the TSA officer responded to allegations that he took the missing iPad by saying first that he did not have it. Later, the TSA agent said his wife removed the device from the airport, ABC reported.
TSA has said it has fired the employee that was identified in the ABC investigation.
"TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards," spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a statement. "TSA has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace and takes immediate action when allegations are substantiated.”
TSA said between 2003 and 2011, less than one percent of its total workforce has been terminated because of theft involving passenger's luggage. TSA says on its website that it has about 50,000 employees.
The ABC video can be viewed below.
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- This post was updated with new information at 8:24 p.m.