Atlanta Airport Police Seek Luggage Thieves, Find Sex Crimes


At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the world’s busiest, plainclothes officers patrolling public restrooms for luggage thieves arrested more than 30 people in three months for indecent exposure and public sex acts, reports the Associated Press. Airport restrooms apparently are such popular meeting places for men looking for sexual trysts that they have been suggested as meeting places in personal ads on the Web site Craigslist. “I’m stuck at the airport from 5 p.m. and I’m looking for a good time,” one ad reads. Officers had started monitoring the restrooms because thieves were pulling bags off baggage-claim carousels and taking them into toilet stalls to comb through them.

Among those arrested was Ed Wall, the board chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Wall, who has temporarily stepped down from his post, has maintained his innocence. The patrolling has its critics. “Police have far better things to do with their time than to arrest people for this,” said Prof. Kenneth Sherrill of New York City’s Hunter College. “Being ‘sex police’ in bathrooms strikes me as a perversion of rational law enforcement activities.”


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