Baggage handling security to tighten at Suvarnabhumi Airport

3 Aug 2009

Baggage handlers at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand are under closer scrutiny following growing complaints of theft from passengers who discovered valuables missing when their bags had been collected from airport carousels.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) chairman Piyaphan Champasut told the Bangkok Post that stricter security measures would be imposed on staff in the airport’s luggage sorting area.

The number of inspectors would be raised and additional surveillance cameras would be installed.

Other planned measures include:

• Luggage handlers would be required to wear uniforms without pockets and they would be required to wear luminous vests with a clearly-written name tag that have to be worn at all times

• Handlers would be searched when they enter and leave the luggage handling area

• Lockers would be installed for them to store their belongings

• Those caught stealing would be fired and the contracted company that hired them would face legal consequences

Champasut said a contracted luggage handling company whose staff are caught stealing more than three times would have its contract terminated.

Gigi Onag

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