TSA agent arrested after taking taxi to LaGuardia Airport without paying

Arthur Pichardo, 27, took a taxi to the airport on Tuesday afternoon. He told the driver he would return to pay the $23.33 fare and walked into the airport. But he never returned, officials said. He was charged with theft of service.

The TSA agent told the taxi driver he would return to pay the fare. Then he walked into Terminal C (pictured) at LaGuardia Airport in Queens and did not come back.

A TSA agent who tried to get a free ride got arrested instead, authorities said.

Arthur Pichardo, 27, took a taxi to LaGuardia Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Port Authority officials said.

Pichardo then told the driver he would return to pay the $23.33 fare and walked into Terminal C, where he works, according to the Port Authority. After about 30 minutes, the driver’s patience wore thin, and he went inside to find Pichardo.

A baggage handler pointed out the Transportation Security Administration agent to the driver, Port Authority officials said.

Port Authority police arrested the uniformed TSA agent at the screening point, charging him with theft of service. nydailynews.com