Acsa to get #SAA South African Airways bag theft down to eight a day by 2010 FIFA World Cup

Acsa to get bag theft down to eight a day by 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Airports Company of South Africa said on Tuesday it hopes to get luggage pilfering at OR Tambo International Airport down to eight bags a day by the time the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off.

Acsa airport operations manager Bongani Maseko told Parliament’s public enterprises portfolio committee 30 bags a day were stolen or  tampered with daily at the country’s biggest airport until recently.

That figure was reduced to 18, out of between 20 000 to 25 000 bags a day handled at the airport, after the airport employed new baggage handlers.

“Our 2010 target is reduction down to eight bags a day,” he said.

Maseko said the risk of having your bag tampered with varied wildly from airline to airline, but Acsa did not have a policy of “naming and shaming” the worst culprits.

“With some airlines the levels of pilferage is nil, with other airlines there is opportunity for improvement.”

He said Acsa relied on the goodwill of airlines to help combat the problem, but regretted that South Africa did not have a law, similar to that in the European Union, that forced carriers to disclose theft levels.

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