Doha: Qatar Airways CEO says 'Biggest threat' facing Qatar Airways is mid-flight theft.

When it comes to security, the “biggest threat” currently faced by Qatar Airways is passengers stealing from other passengers during flights, according to the airline’s chief executive. In an interview this week, CEO Akbar Al Baker described this type of theft as a “new phenomenon” for the national carrier, saying it was a problem that began about a year ago and was becoming a “growing security issue.” The official made the comments yesterday during a wide-ranging interview with CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble while at the ongoing Dubai Airshow.

In a transcript of the interview, posted online by the news organization, Al Baker is reported to have responded to questions about regional security by saying:

“Our biggest threat to day for us is pilferage inside airplanes. This is a new phenomenon which at Qatar Airways we discovered around a year ago and now we are providing our fellow colleagues in the region and our airline partners (with assistance) about this growing security issue where passengers are travelling from point a to point b and then going through passengers baggage in the bins and pilferaging (sic) valuable items and money.”

He said theft of passengers’ belongings while they were on board has been found to be a particular problem on flights “from a certain country,” but didn’t specify where.  More information available here:

Source: Doha News.

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