how thieves are stealing valuables as you go through airport security: laptops, jewellery (and even loved one\'s ashes) are among the items vanishing from trays left on conveyor belts

by:Changda     2020-06-14
Like many passengers who are about to leave for a holiday, Antonia Collins is also preparing to shop.
Her purchases include expensive Chanel brands.
A new perfume and brand-name sunscreen and shampoo
She doesn\'t usually splurge on luxury items, but, hey, she\'s on vacation!
After checking in at Gatwick airport, she arrived at all-too-
Familiar with screening process
She put the new makeup in a clear plastic bag, in the tray on the conveyor belt next to her jacket, as well as her luggage.
At the crowded airport, among the crowds of vacationers, she waited in line for metal detectors. And waited.
When she walked
Was searched after starting the metal detector-
Her tray was stacked at the end of the conveyor belt, and to her shock, the bag with her brand --
New cosmetics are missing.
Antonia, 37, a director of an advertising company, said I was shocked at the time.
Something worth about 300 was stolen.
The airport staff were unsympathetic and it was a terrible feeling that someone had taken them away nearby.
With the arrival of summer, driven by the beginning of the half
During the semester and bank holiday weekend, passengers will travel in droves to the British airport.
So how safe are our items when they reach capacity through a safe area?
Of course, the experience of Antonia caused panic.
There are also recent reports of the painful experiences of Fernanda Aldis.
The economics student returned to Dutch universities last month through London City Airport, and when long delays meant that her belongings passed security more quickly than she did, her 1,000 laptops were taken away.
Fernanda complained to airport staff that she could not watch CCTV footage due to data protection rules and that she had to complain through the police.
Fairnanda said that after receiving the email for three days, I finally found the terminal manager, who said there was nothing he could do about it, but that he would forward it to the investigation, she added, the airport acted as if her loss was a \"slight stimulus \".
Both women have the right to anger.
Passengers faithfully follow the airport rules, but they will not get any help when the system crashes.
A recent survey found that more than three British passengers believe that being at the airport is more stressful than working weeks, and safety is the worst aspect of the experience.
In response to the threat of terrorism, the airport is under increasing pressure to strictly check passengers, which means it will take longer for the handlers.
Before 9/11, the security checkpoint handled an average of 350 passengers per hour.
It is now considered less than 150.
At the same time, airlines are trying to make up for cash losses caused by low cost
To pay for flights by charging passengers a check-up fee
More and more people take everything on their own.
A survey found that more than one out of every five travelers now only carry hand luggage during the two-week holiday, so more luggage must go through difficult safety procedures.
In this digital age, they may include more electronic devices than ever before (
According to a study, each traveler is worth £ 1,496).
Everything from the iphone to the kindle needs to be screened separately as they can make up the improvised explosive device. The upshot?
Chaotic scenes, piles of expensive items separated from the owner, provide a potential safe haven for thieves --
On last July, when Antonia was about to take her
Flights to Nice, France in the morning
Traffic rules Department introduced in 2006
Product as liquid.
More than 100 ml of these aircraft are not allowed.
\"I have prepared Foundation, perfume and micro shampoo for myself. These things are small enough to get on the plane. They can also buy lip gloss as a gift for friends I want to fly to, Antonia said.
I turned off the pager when I walked past the scanner and had to wait for the search.
When I got my stuff, the tray had piled up.
She continued: \"When I realized my achievements --
I reminded the airport staff that the up was gone but they were obviously busy and gave me a flyer with an email address.
I said it was stolen in the last few minutes.
Can\'t they sort it out in time?
But they won\'t.
They really didn\'t help.
It dampened the fun of my vacation.
While I was waiting to take off, I was skeptical about everyone around me.
I realized the staff was busy but I felt like they didn\'t take me seriously because it was just cosmetic.
But I paid a lot for them.
She did not receive a response from the email she sent to the address provided and did not reflect to the police that \"She did not think it was worth it \".
\"But now, when I go through airport security, I don\'t move my eyes off the conveyor belt,\" she added . \".
So what should the airport do if passengers complain about their belongings being stolen?
According to Professor Norman Shanks, an air safety consultant, there is no set agreement.
Some airports called the police.
No one else, he said.
\"At the larger airport, police will be nearby and CCTV footage will be available.
They will have to take passengers with them to identify their belongings.
Part of the problem is not enough time.
Passengers have to catch the plane. Thieves can take off at any time.
Professor Shanks added: \"At some airports, CCTV monitors are stored remotely, or video recordings are stored on tape, and do not look at them except for the evidence.
According to a security guard, he has worked at a major airport in London for more than ten years and was interviewed by mail on condition of anonymity, with items stolen every day from a secure pallet.
He likened the chaotic situation to the \"livestock market\" and said the pressure on security personnel to achieve their goals intensified the situation.
They have to get every passenger through security in less than six minutes.
Part is to appease the airlines on which commercial airports depend, and part is to ensure passengers have more time to browse on duty-free shops.
Until eight years ago, an official handled passengers.
He said officials are now dealing with four passengers at a time.
\"Pallets tend to appear faster than people who pass through body scanners.
Passengers are trapped in the backlog and no one can watch the thief.
Stolen items were available from the laptop to the wallet, and on one occasion when he was on duty, the thief took away a widow\'s belongings containing her husband\'s ashes.
An hour later, the police found her bag in the men\'s toilet.
Her cash was taken away, but the Ashes were still there.
She was upset and missed the flight.
The airport paid a new fee.
Most thieves, he said, are professional criminals who bought a seat on cheap flights with the sole purpose of entering a safe area.
They tend to be middle men.
Elderly men working in groups.
Early in the morning, when people eat passengers for half an hour
Sleeping, or during peak hours of stress, the target family may be distracted by the child.
While he insisted that airport staff watch CCTV footage immediately after receiving complaints and contact the police, he said passengers were often unable to help with any investigation, because \"once they get it back most people are more interested in catching a plane than pressing charges.
Viera Labathova, a yoga teacher from London, knows the story very well.
On 2015, her silver necklace was stolen from a safe area at Stansted Airport in London, even off-site.
During peak hours, approximately 350,000 passenger trays are scanned each week.
Vieira, 36, arrived at the airport at dawn and flew to Bratislava, Slovakia to visit relatives. She said there were too many vacationers and she had to wait in line for more than half an hour to get to security.
She filled her necklace with crystal-
A precious gift from her father.
After it starts the pager, enter a tray and pass through the metal detector for the second time.
I immediately noticed that the necklace in my tray was missing and when I told a security lady she said I needed to \"stand by and wait \".
She didn\'t say who she was looking.
\"I told her I had no time.
I can\'t miss my flight for 200 and run to catch the plane.
Had to rush and there was an irreplaceable necklace stolen which was incredibly stressful.
\"When electrical equipment is safely stolen, people are more worried about the data they contain --
From personal contacts to passwords-
Can be used well by criminals.
Proficient in digital operation.
Last month, after Fernanda Ardiles\'s Apple laptop was stolen, she remotely locked it and sent a message to its screen telling the person who found it --
Just received a request for a reward from a thief under a pseudonym.
Of course, many of us would feel lost without our electronic devices, because Ellie Grace realized that when she had a \"power pack\" containing a phone charger, memory card, stolen headphones and battery packs at Manchester airport security.
Ali 23 beauty writer to Thailand resort has to six o\'clock P. M. of nine o\'clock P. M. of flight.
She recalled that the airport was too busy and I was in line for at least 45 minutes at security.
\"After I put the two trays in, both of the people in front turned off the pager, which meant that my stuff was left unattended for about three minutes.
She described the scene on the other end of the conveyor belt as \"chaos\" and people were waiting for their items.
Ellie said there were unattended bags and it was easy to pick them up. She didn\'t realize until she boarded the plane to Bangkok that her 70 power packs were missing.
This is an inconvenience-
She said I had to buy expensive new chargers during my stopover in Dubai.
\"Even if I noticed it before I left the airport, I don\'t think it\'s possible for the staff to catch the thief.
They are too busy and my power supply is not valuable enough to make it their top agenda.
Professor Shanks said that the success of airport security checks depends on the number of staff.
He added: \"I think the number of security checks has been minimized at most airports.
When the bag came out, no one checked it to make sure it was delivered to the right person.
Sadly, the responsibility must be borne by the passengers.
He said he only knew about the new Hong Kong airport in the post-80 s and only tried to correct the situation once.
He explained that the airport used to print a number on the bottom of each tray and a laminated sheet with the same number as the passenger handed back to retrieve the tray.
This is the only way you can guarantee the right person to pick up the right tray.
But the method is manual.
It stopped in a few years.
This is a half-way cut in cost.
A spokesman for the Association of Airport operators trade organization said the incident at British airports was very rare. The airport works closely with their security personnel and local police to ensure that nearly 0. 3 billion passengers passing through the UK airport do so every year in a safe and reliable environment.
A spokesman for London City Airport said the theft was rare.
After Fernanda reported her experience to a national newspaper, the airport agreed to refund the portion of her computer fee that was not covered and announced that it was reviewing its security procedures and would call the police immediately in the future.
Manchester Airport said that in the event of theft, CCTV will be inspected immediately and the police will be notified.
If the passenger reports the incident after the incident, our customer contact center will investigate.
He also said the theft was very rare.
Heathrow Airport said it will report the case to policesite.
At the same time, a spokesman at Gatwick Airport said the airport did not comment on specific criminal acts, but \"only a few such incidents are reported every year \".
To prevent potential theft, the spokesman said, they \"often have uniformed police in the security zone\" and added: \"If there is a theft in the security sector, before using other means available to determine the identity of any relevant person, we will check CCTV footage as soon as possible.
A spokesman for Stansted Airport in London said that without more specific information, it would be impossible to comment or confirm Viera\'s case.
It added that the reported security theft was \"very rare\" and that if the item was reported missing, if suspected theft, the security manager would immediately review CCTV footage before reporting it to the police.
In most cases, with the intervention of the police, we can reunite passengers with their belongings, but it is suggested that valuables should be placed in bags, or put it in the pocket of clothes already in the tray.
Of course, this is not an option when the airport insists on scanning the electronics outside the bags and pockets so they can see the inside --
This means that it is the responsibility of passengers to pay serious attention to their belongings.
Ellie vowed: \"I will not bring so many hand luggage in the future, and I will definitely think more carefully about how to pack it.
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