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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

"NO POCKET POLICY" TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN NAIA


Starting October 6, the "No Pocket Policy" will be implemented strictly to all baggage loaders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it aims to eradicate baggage pilferage and to improve security.  Under the No Pocket Policy, baggage loaders are not allowed to wear uniforms that have pockets.  This is to prevent thefts that targets Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and travelers.






Starting October 6, the "No Pocket Policy" will be implemented strictly to all baggage loaders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)




Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it aims to eradicate baggage pilferage and to improve security.

Under the No Pocket Policy, baggage loaders are not allowed to wear uniforms that have pockets.

This is to prevent thefts that targets Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and travelers.



MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the policy will be strictly implemented to all loaders as a precaution, to ensure that if items are taken from the luggage of passengers, employees cannot easily conceal these.

Ground handlers will be provided with new uniforms that have no pockets. Those who will still wear uniforms with pockets will be barred from entering baggage areas in all NAIA terminals.



PENALTIES:

First Offense: Baggage handlers caught for the first time wearing uniforms that have pockets will be given a warning.

Second Offense: Those caught for the second time will have their access pass canceled.

Third Offense: Termination for those who commit a violation for the third time.


(WATCH:6 NAIA baggage handlers suspected of stealing from passengers)


It was November 2008 when the No Pocket Policy was implemented to avoid baggage theft that was blamed on airport baggage handlers.

In a recent inspection, at least 20 employees of airline service providers were caught violating the policy; while some other ramp staff, for compliance purposes, were found to have manually stitched their uniform pockets.


(WATCH: Paano nangyayari ang nakawan sa mga bagahe sa NAIA?)


Other than no pocket policy, Monreal appealed to airlines companies to bar aircraft cleaners from wearing jewelry when boarding an aircraft.

“This will further promote the virtue of honesty as it will encourage aircraft cleaners to turn over valuable items, especially jewelry, that they may find in the aircraft while cleaning,” he said.





In Hong Kong, a former baggage handler at Chek Lap Kok International Airport was sentenced to four months in prison for stealing a laptop from the baggage of an Air Asia passenger.

The suspect is 40-year-old Filipino with initials R.T, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of theft for stealing a Lenovo laptop computer.

Hong Kong International Airport
The incident happened on November 14, 2014, between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. at the airport.

The defendant is a Hong Kong resident.

According to the investigators, the Filipino "ransacked" the luggage of the victim at took out the laptop but the undercover policeman conducting "anti-baggage theft" saw him.


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