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Vietnam, Hanoi: Vietnam Airport Authority requires air carriers to form anti-theft teams to combat growing luggage theft.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has requested that airlines put together special inspection teams to fight theft targeting possessions in transported goods and the checked luggage of passengers. After significant growth in luggage theft and baggage tampering within aviation services in Vietnam, the requirement was issued, holding carriers directly responsible for the conduct of luggage handling contractors. The CAAV has also requested that airlines and airports rotate work among their security staffers and organize cross-checks between their security...

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Australia, Sydney: 91 year old man charged with cocaine importation despite not knowing of drugs in luggage.

Breaking News: Man, 91, charged for cocaine smuggling in Australia despite being an unknowing victim. Border police discovered soap packages in his luggage that tested positive for cocaine. The man claims ignorance.  Police proceeded with charges, stating: "Claiming ignorance of drugs hidden inside your luggage does not automatically mean you will not face criminal charges... People can expect they will be charged if they... are reckless or wilfully blind to the fact that there could be narcotics concealed inside their...

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India: Theft of Parliamentarian's luggage sparks investigation into growing luggage tampering problem.

A query triggered by a parliamentarian's loss has prompted the government to unzip baggage data that suggest India's airports are getting increasingly theft-prone. Airports across the country cumulatively documented 114 cases of baggage theft last year, a 50 per cent increase over the number during the previous year, the Union civil aviation ministry has told Parliament. B.V. Nayak, the Congress MP from Raichur constituency in Karnataka, lost Rs 2 lakh in cash while travelling from Bangalore to Hyderabad in May...

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Latin America: Sinaloa Cartel Involved In Scheme To Use Unwitting Airline Passengers In Latin America To Transport Drugs.

The Sinaloa Cartel, headed by fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been implicated in a plot to smuggle cocaine into Mexico from Peru's Jorge Chavez International Airport - located in the capital city Lima - under the names of unsuspecting airline passengers, reported El Universal. The so-called "Narcoviajes" or "Narco Flights" scheme involved corrupt Jorge Chavez airport personnel swapping passengers' legitimate luggage for baggage containing up to 25 kilos of cocaine. Once the drugs were en route, traffickers would...

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(USA, St Louis): American Airline employees accused of smuggling drugs to St. Louis in airline baggage.

An employee of American Airlines Cargo Fleet Service and two others smuggled methamphetamines and cocaine to St. Louis in airline luggage, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Between February and May, Chalamar Schultz Tuipelehake, 36, arranged for dealers in California to ship their drugs via Poe Purcell, 40, a clerk for the cargo service at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said. Purcell, who had worked for the cargo service since 2001, helped the drug dealers avoid detection, they said.  More information available...

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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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