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France: ISIS priest killer 'easily' got through police probe to become airport baggage handler.

A French ISIS fanatic who ended up murdering a Catholic priest got through a police investigation to become an airport baggage handler "easily", it has emerged. Abdelmalik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, both 19, were both on terror watchlists when they slit Father Jacques Hamel’s throat in Normandy on Tuesday. Now it has emerged that Petitjean worked full time at Chambery airport, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year including many from Britain, until just three months ago....

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USA: Three kilograms of cocaine found on JetBlue planes months after flight attendant caught smuggling.

Airplane maintenance workers found some unexpected cargo onboard two JetBlue planes in Lake City -- 3 kilos of cocaine. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Murray Smith said those workers found 1 kilo of cocaine in a JetBlue plane on July 20 and then found two more kilos on another plane on July 24. Both times, the workers told the sheriff’s office they found the bricks inside a compartment under the right wing, in the wall of the luggage compartment....

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USA: Report reveals almost half of TSA employees cited for misconduct between 2013-2015, including accepting bribes and the trafficking of narcotics.

Nearly half of the entire Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce—a total of 26, 878 employees—were allegedly involved in misconduct between fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2015, putting the security of the flying public at risk, according to a recent report by the Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  The new report, “Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying public,” addresses growing concerns that TSA, which has roughly 60,000 employees working at about 450 airports, is not...

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Portugal: Baggage handlers arrested at Lisbon airport for theft

The Lisbon police force said that the operation, which began on Thursday, netted several airport workers and two others who did not work in the airport. The police said the suspects “repeatedly and discretely stole objects that were easily accessible in the luggage in the planes’ holds and that could be hidden before being removed from the restricted areas of the airport. The police said the favour items that were stolen were electronic equipment, jewellery, watches, glasses and cash. Article...

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Philippines: Airport baggage thefts prompt MIAA to crack down on airport staff.

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will organize a team to conduct random inspections of personnel to curb theft and pilferage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Many travelers who lost valuables to airport thieves have turned to Facebook and Instagram to air their complaints. Newly appointed MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said yesterday the plan is to discourage unscrupulous ramp workers from stealing from passengers’ luggage. He said the team would be comprised of airport...

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India: 8 cellphones missing from cargo of Bhutan Airways.

Bhutan Airways filed a complaint that eight mobile phones had gone missing from their cargo shipment which was sent to Bhutan. They got to know about the missing phones when they found that the same had been replaced with pieces of brick in taped boxes. Sources said eight Samsung J series cellphones were stolen from the shipment from the IGI Airport cargo hub on June 2. The matter came to light when the shipment reached Bhutan by flight B3 774....

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EU & Pakistan: Authorities dodge fallout of 27kg heroin bust on PIA flight.

Officials of the Pakistan International Airlines, customs and the Anti-Narcotics Force on Wednesday tried to shift the blame for their inability to check and stop the use of the national flag carrier’s aircraft for narcotics smuggling onto each other. The National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan of the PML-N in the chair was briefed by PIA, the ANF and customs about the recovery of 27 kilograms of heroin hidden in secret chambers inside the...

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Australia: Hobart International Airport 'almost open slather' for drug smugglers, police union says.

The Hobart International Airport is "almost open slather" for drug smugglers, because of the lack of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) presence, a police union spokeswoman says. Federal police were removed from the Hobart Airport in October 2014 after a $22 million Commonwealth budget cut.  The State Government, Tasmania Police, ASIO and police unions all opposed the withdrawal. The head of the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA), Angela Smith, said Tasmania had become a soft target for drug smugglers and...

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USA: Second baggage handler accused of stealing at Charlotte airport, NC.

A second baggage handler at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been charged with stealing from a passenger’s luggage.  Kip Price is charged with four counts of larceny and one count of conspiracy, investigators said. Price worked for a company that contracts with Southwest and Frontier airlines. Marlow Hayes was arrested last week on misdemeanor larceny charges. He was also accused of stealing from luggage at Charlotte Douglas. More information and a video report is available here:  http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/second-baggage-handler-accused-of-stealing-at-charlotte-airport/397862118 Source: 9WSOCTV

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USA: Florida port workers sentenced in cruise ship drug ring.

Seven South Florida port workers have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a cocaine smuggling ring that moved drugs from cargo and cruise ships docked at the Port of Miami, authorities said Monday. The men were arrested in August in a two-year, multi-agency investigation dubbed "Operation Pier Pressure" and led by federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations. The men were "corrupt members of the International Longshoreman's Association," authorities said. More information available at this link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/topic/jobs-workplace/unions/international-longshoremens-association-ORCIG00098-topic.html Source: Sun...

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