Spike in baggage tampering at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport

Due to theft, air passengers travelling through OR Tambo airport are cautioned to carry branded perfume in hand luggage, and only in bottles of less than 100ml.

There’s been a spike in baggage tampering incidents at SA’s biggest airport, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, since August, with perfume being the thieves’ favourite target.“Security procedures were adapted with some initial success, but countering baggage tampering is an ongoing challenge that we, as the airport community, are continuously working towards finding a resolution to,” said Betty Maloka, the airport’s senior manager of corporate affairs.

Among those measures is a ban on “airside” staff carrying “perfume in any shape or form”.Asked why it is not possible to erect cameras to monitor every bit of the baggage journey, Maloka said the baggage handling system and loading areas are covered by “several hundred CCTV cameras”.

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