I once got out of a speeding ticket, going 80 in a 55, by paying the judge. I called and asked him if there were some classes I could take so that the speeding ticket wouldn't go on my record and raise my insurance rates. He said, 'send me a check for $200 in my name." It worked. Sounds about the same with the TSA. $100 bribe x 100 people / day = $10,000. While it doesn't compare to counterfeiting, it's not bad for a hard day's work.