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Adding to the growing list of TSA workers involved in violent crime, today we learn that a “trusted” TSA screener recently hired by TSA was charged with murdering his own father. The fact that so many crimes continue to be committed by TSA employees who according to the agency are “subject to a thorough background investigation” is troubling and raises serious questions about the entire agency.

If TSA cannot keep criminals out of its workforce, how can they be trusted to keep criminals from getting on a plane?

Richmond Times-Dispatch


A 21-year-old Transportation Security Administration employee who allegedly shot and killed his father Sunday evening is expected to seek bond next week.

As his mother and younger brother looked on, Michael A. Luedecke stared blankly into a Henrico County courtroom Monday morning and acknowledged his identity during a video arraignment just hours after he allegedly killed his father.

Police found Jeffrey Michael Luedecke, 51, inside the home, dead from a gunshot wound. A search warrant in the case was sealed, and police declined to say if Michael Luedecke acknowledged shooting his father or to provide details about where he was arrested.

Arrest documents show that Michael Luedecke was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Monday and is charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The TSA declined to say how long Luedecke, who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 147 pounds, had worked for the agency.