Indonesia: Lion Air baggage handlers busted for luggage theft at Jakarta airport.

JAKARTA — Police have arrested four Lion Air employees for allegedly stealing items from checked bags at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Adj Sr Comr Roycke Harry Langie, the airport police chief, said yesterday (Jan 3) that his office, working together with airport operator Angkasa Pura II, set up CCTV cameras in the airport’s baggage-handling area. The cameras later recorded a group of baggage handlers opening luggage, rifling through the contents and stealing items. Police did not identify the four suspects arrested, except to say that they all worked for Lion Air. One of the suspects, identified only by the initial S, claimed the airline’s security guards were also in on the racket.

“They’d give us a code if it was all clear, then we’d start opening up the bags,” he said, adding that the guards routinely demanded a cut of the loot.

Mr Andy Saladin, a PR officer at Lion Air, said the airline was working with the police and airport authorities on the investigation, and had also launched its own internal probe.

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Source: Today, Singapore.

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