Exclusive ABC Video of Airport Baggage Handlers Stealing Valuables from Passengers
Taking a trip for the holidays? Travelers are being warned today not to put valuable items in their luggage after newly-released surveillance tapes show baggage handlers stealing from suitcases.
The footage was released by ABC News after receiving complaints from passengers that belongings were disappearing from luggage.
Secret cameras were installed in planes only to discover that staff were methodically rifling through bags and removing watches, cash, iPhones and jewellery.
ABC News released the exclusive video of baggage handlers stealing items from travelers’ checked bags on Tuesday.
In one clip, a worker removes a wad of notes from a wallet before searching for credit cards, then moving on to unzip the next bag.
Another worker wraps up a pair of headphones and stuffs them into his pocket.
Joe Dunne, the chief security officer for New York and New Jersey Port Authority told ABC: ‘[The baggage handlers] are hardworking, honest people by and large but there are some people who are tempted.’
The sting ended with seven airport workers being charged with theft. In the last two years there have been 600 reports of luggage theft at New York airports.
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