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USA: United employee in Denver charged in $129,000 DIA jewel heist.

Denver police have arrested a United Airlines customer service agent at Denver International Airport who is suspected of stealing a cosmetic case containing $129,000 worth of jewelry after it fell from a traveler’s suitcase. Commerce City resident Rafael Magana, 42, is charged with one count of felony theft in the case. Christine Ferer arrived at DIA on an Aug. 8 United flight from Aspen and discovered that the case, which contained diamond earrings worth $35,000 and other expensive jewelry, had fallen from...

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Vietnam: Baggage handler admits to stealing tablet at Hanoi airport.

Police in Hanoi are investigating a baggage theft at Noi Bai Airport in which a baggage handler admitted to stealing a tablet from a suitcase on a domestic flight. Security staff at the airport Thursday afternoon caught Nguyen Thanh Long, a 24-year-old handler, hiding an iPad in a plastic bag. At first he said he had brought the iPad from home but later admitted to taking it from a bag while loading luggage onto a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi...

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Canada releases advisory on Dominican Republic warning of luggage theft at airports.

The Canadian Government has released a travel advisory on Dominican Republic warning of luggage theft at airports.  The warning specifically states that: "Theft of items from checked baggage at airports has been reported. These thefts have taken place most frequently when travellers are departing. Money and personal items have also been stolen from carry-on luggage while travellers are going through security checks. Do not pack valuables in your checked luggage. Items most likely to disappear include electronics (especially digital cameras), jewellery...

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USA: The last TSA master key has been hacked

In a move to prove a point about security, a group of hackers have released blueprints to 3D print the eighth and last TSA master key this week at a conference in New York.If you are unfamiliar, TSA approved locks allow luggage security personnel to unlock and inspect your bags without damaging locks, using master keys. There are two companies that design these locks, Travel Sentry, which outsources seven lock designs to other manufacturers, and Safe Skies which produces their...

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India: Emirates ordered to repay businessman for credit cards stolen from luggage.

Chennai: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Chennai (North), has directed an international airline to pay Rs 52,000 to an industrialist for theft of his credit cards from his checked in baggage at Chennai airport four years ago. Four ground staff of Emirates Airways allegedly took away the cards from his baggage while boarding a flight to France. In the complaint, Fredrick Wilson, an industrialist of Coimbatore, submitted he visited Nice, France, with his family members and his friends for...

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India: Police break baggage theft ring that ran with Airport's knowledge.

Police have arrested eight persons identified as Jayaprakash (22) Rajesh alias Rajesh Kumar (23), Mahesh alias Maheshwaran (24), Saravanan (23), Naveen Raj (25), Vadivel (25), Ranjith Kumar (27) and Elangovan (42) - each baggage handlers at Chennai's international airport, who operated the theft ring with the knowledge of airport services management.  During interrogations, a baggage handler confessed that the named individuals were looting valuables from baggage with the knowledge of Aeroglobe proprietor (the ground services company). "Whenever the airline companies...

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Philippines/Hong Kong: Airport staff under investigation for drug trafficking.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said is office is investigating several airport personnel who are allegedly involved in trafficking of illegal drugs to Hong Kong — following the arrest of a Filipina, Ann Raian Santos Cruz, at the Chek Lap Kok International Airport on July 30. Cruz was nabbed after airport officers were able to confiscate $750,000 or P4.5 million worth of cocaine in her bag. Montreal has also revealed that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport...

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USA: Southwest baggage handler guilty of drug smuggling.

A former Southwest Airlines baggage handler pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland Wednesday to two charges in a scheme to smuggle large amounts of marijuana through Oakland International Airport. Michael Videau, 29, of Oakland, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton to one count of distributing marijuana and one count of entering an airport in violation of security rules for the purpose of drug trafficking.He will be sentenced by Hamilton on Nov. 9 and faces a maximum...

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Pakistan: Airline staff arrested for heroin smuggling.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday apprehended a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) official for his alleged involvement in smuggling heroin on various flights. According to initial reports, ANF arrested Iqbal Ghurki in Lahore for stashing away bags of heroin in several flights of the national flag carrier. Authorities at PIA were also informed about the arrest. “Heroin was being smuggled on PIA flights with the help of one of its employees Iqbal Ghurki,” ANF officials said. However, PIA spokesperson Daniyal...

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Philippines: New Security Measures at NAIA Catch 2 Baggage Handlers Stealing

Two baggage handlers have been let go after a new security firm hired by various airline companies at NAIA found the pair robbing the incoming luggage during night operations. A spokesperson for Avomsi said that a ‘nighttime’ modus was behind the large scale theft that was going on at NAIA. The company now will implement new security passes to prevent cargo loaders from ‘moonlighting’ with other airlines at NAIA. Avomsi said that some of the workers at NAIA actually volunteer...

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