Report: Baggage Handler Lockers at Manila Airport Contained Items Stolen from Passenger Bags
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Six baggage handlers working at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) located in Manila, the Philippines, have been suspended after intelligence agents discovered items believed to have been stolen from the checked luggage of flyers in their lockers, according to ABS CBN News.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) released photos of the purportedly stolen items, found in lockers located in Terminal 3. The snapshots included jewelry, wristwatches, blankets, and padlocks.
MIAA general manager Jose Honrado expressed alarm at the thefts, and pointed out that the handlers were not NAIA or MIAA employees, but outsourced by the airlines.
According to ABS CBN News, MIAA officials have given the handlers two weeks to come up with a set of strategies to counteract thefts moving forward. MIAA is proposing spot inspections of lockers, and handlers wearing pants with without pockets.
As these changes are instituted, Honrado advised travelers via ABS CBN to avoid putting valuables in their checked baggage, instead, they should be kept in hand-carried luggage.
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