Baggage pilferage – how afraid should we be?

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    http://www.iol.co.za/blogs/wendy-kn...e-pilferage-how-afraid-should-we-be-1.1126888

    Two weeks ago, SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela gave a presentation to the parliamentary committee on tourism, and naturally it was her comments on apparently large-scale pilfering from baggage at OR Tambo International Airport that caught journalists’ attention.

    “Baggage theft remains very high and OR Tambo International is out of control,” were the actual words on page 8 of her presentation.

    In the newspaper report I read the next day, the following statements were also attributed to her:

    - Airlines and baggage handlers all point fingers at one another.

    - The Airports Company SA (Acsa) shares responsibility with baggage handlers for the problem.

    - The problem was temporarily “solved” during last year’s World Cup due to a high security presence, “but when this was relaxed, the problem returned”.

    - Pilferage is much higher at OR Tambo than at other airports in South Africa and abroad.

    - Any new methods of prevention are quickly circumvented.

    - Only about 25 percent of new baggage handlers come without any intention to steal.

    - found that last statement particularly alarming.


    Put another way, three-quarters of the people who will get their hands on our luggage are apparently out to steal from it.


    Any traveller who read that no doubt resolved to pack even lighter, in order to squeeze their bags into the overhead lockers on planes, rather than release them into the hands of all those criminally minded baggage handlers.

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    3/4's How could that be? :confused:
     

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