Comair: Video shows legitimate handling of bag

2014-02-10 15:33

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Johannesburg - Comair, the domestic subsidiary of British Airways' regional flights in South Africa, says alleged tampering activities on baggage being loaded onto Flight BA6418 on Friday 7th of February, captured in a video posted on YouTube, are unsubstantiated.

Comair said in a statement that it had investigated the incident after it was reported to Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) via a tweet, detailing the YouTube video. 

Watch the video here*

The airline identified the person in the video as a BidAir staff member, responsible for loading luggage onto a British Airways (operated by Comair) flight. 

"The contracted security officer for BidAir  is clearly identified by the bright orange band on his yellow reflector," Comair said.

"The security officer legitimately handled the bag, which had opened while being loaded and is a common occurrence.

"The security officer was called to check and place the contents back into the bag as well as seal the bag. It is evident in the video that the BidAir Loading Supervisor takes the bag from the security officer and brings it to the forward hold to avoid the bag from sustaining any further damages,"  the airline said. 

Comair also confirmed that no evidence of any criminal activity has been found and no complaints from passengers on board flight BA6418 had been reported. 

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*Since this article was initially published the original video and YouTube account has been deleted.
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