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(Dallas, USA): 46 people arrested in in Dallas airport drugs ring using commercial airlines to transport narcotics.

46 people, including four contract workers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, have been arrested or charged on suspicion of trying to bypass airport security to fly drugs across the country aboard commercial airlines. The investigation, a joint effort among the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dallas Police and the Internal Revenue Service, looked at transport of illicit drugs on flights heading to Las Vegas; Newark, New Jersey; Phoenix; Chicago; Wichita, Kansas, and San Francisco. More information available here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3163372/Forty-six-people-arrested-Dallas-airport-drugs-ring-trying-bypass-security-fly-narcotics-country.html Source: dailymail.co.uk....

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Mumbai, India: Etihad security chief arrested for smuggling at Mumbai airport.

Deepak Golani, head of Etihad's security for the last 10 years, has been arrested in Mumbai Airport for smuggling gold and is under further investigation for possibly smuggling drugs aboard flights run by Etihad Airlines into the airport. Golani is the highest-ranking insider arrested for smuggling by local authorities. In recent months, 18 insiders - Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) employees and airline staff -- have been arrested for smuggling. Customs sources said it was cause for alarm that the...

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Vietnam: Aviation watchdog, airliners step up reform to combat luggage theft.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has adopted measures to prevent luggage theft. Head of the CAAV Lai Xuan Thanh requested the Aviation Security Department to work on rules regarding the prevention of passenger and consigned baggage theft and submit them for approval within this month. The department is also supposed to guide enterprises and airliners to incorporate the rules in their security regulations. The CAAV also urged the state-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam and related agencies to improve...

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USA: TSA pays millions for bag claims, USA TODAY investigation finds.

The Transportation Security Administration paid passengers $3 million over the last five years for claims that airport security screeners broke, lost or stole their luggage or items inside, according to a review of about 50,000 complaints. After investigating to determine if TSA or its agents were responsible, the agency approved or settled with passengers in about 15,000 cases - nearly 1 out of 3 claims filed from 2010 to 2014. Payments ranged from a few bucks for missing food or...

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South Africa: Experts concerned that OR Tambo does not comply with international security standards.

An international inspection of South African airports, the findings of which were used in drafting the National Aviation Safety Plan, identified critical deficiencies in security. These included inadequate screening policies and an absence of designated security officers at major airports. Upgrades to emergency command centres and revisions of contingency plans were also needed. Recent fatalities involving stow aways on aircraft, theft from baggage and airport facilities and the presence of unauthorised weapons in secure areas were all cited. More information...

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Vietnam: Minister tells aviation officials airport baggage theft is their shame.

Those who hold managerial positions in the aviation sector must feel ashamed of the rising number of baggage thefts at airports throughout Vietnam, the transport minister said Thursday.  A number of passengers have reported that their luggage was stolen at Vietnamese airports, but the aviation sector is rarely able to hold any individuals accountable. "Don't just view these airport baggage thefts as something that is none of your business," Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang told a meeting yesterday in...

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Vietnam: Vietnam inspects major airports after baggage theft complaints

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam on Wednesday launched security inspections at big airports, aiming to find out how and when baggage theft could happen despite increased surveillance. Da Nang, Noi Bai, and Tan Son Nhat airports will be monitored for three days, said the agency, also known as CAAV.  The move came after several passengers at Hanoi's Noi Bai complained last month that their consigned suitcases were broken, and that their brand-name clothes and cosmetics stolen. Phuong Hong Minh, vice...

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USA, Philadelphia: CBS reports a whistleblower claiming widespread luggage theft at Philadelphia International Airport was threatened by co-workers and arrested.

CBS reports that a whistleblower at Philadelphia International Airport complaining of widespread luggage theft by staff was initially ignored by management staff at the airport.  Subsequently, the whistleblower was threatened by co-workers who openly dealt with stolen property within airport service areas.  The whistleblower was eventually arrested in an unrelated police investigation, but exonerated of all charges by a judge based on the preceding complaints he had made and an inability of the prosecution to prove the case against him. ...

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USA: EXCLUSIVE: Undercover DHS Tests Find Security Failures at US Airports.

 An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned. The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system. According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed...

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USA, New Orleans: Drug smuggling ring leads to Armstrong airport arrests.

Federal investigators have uncovered what they say is a massive marijuana drug smuggling ring using airline baggage handlers at airports across the country. Federal and local law enforcement records show the investigation stretches all the away to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport where at least two alleged smugglers were caught red-handed. The feds are calling it "a criminal conspiracy," a multi-state drug smuggling ring based out of the San Francisco Bay area that made its way more than...

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