Nothing taken, but case is ruined - readers share baggage tampering experiences

2014-02-13 13:52
News24 Travel readers contacted us to share their stories in response to the piece detailing alleged baggage tampering captured on camera at Cape Town International Airport. 

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Leanne van der Spuy, "Landed at OR Tambo airport on the 12th January 2014 on British Airways BA0033.  The plane parked miles from the airport terminal.  We waited a long time for our luggage, with the conveyor belt stopped for 20 minutes in the middle of the luggage finally coming through.  When I finally got our case, which was a hard cover Lojel case with spin locks, the case was open.  The locks had been broken with what appeared to be a screw driver.  Thankfully it was a case full of dirty washing, which must of disappointed whoever did this as nothing was stolen, but I was annoyed to think that someone had rummaged through my personal belongings.  Thankfully I had packed all my valuable stuff in my hand luggage.  But the fact is, my case is ruined and cannot be used again.  OR Tambo need to know that there is a criminal element amongst their workforce.  I notified BA, to inform them that the airport security at OR Tambo is useless for which we pay so much airport tax for, and made a claim for the case on the BA website, but to date, 12 February 2014, I have had no response."

R.Steindl, "In Nov. 2013 suitcase from Perth to Harare had zip lock broken.  Nothing stolen, bag with custom jewellery opened but obviously not of any value and nothing stolen but suitcase damaged. 

This is our 3rd “experience” at ORT. Wish we could avoid ORT."

Steven Theron, "I have had mine and my ex girlfriend’s bag tampered with at CT Int. Airport when we flew with Mango in 2011.

She had a hairdryer and cosmetic products which were left alone and I also had nothing of significance to steal but both our bags were broken open.

A year later my whole bag was stolen, but that was in Oman.

That was just something I felt like sharing."

Vanessa de Beer, "Yes I have had my lock broken off my bag on a Mango flight Johannesburg to Durban.  What I had in the luggage was an empty perfume bottle, which had leaked on the international flight I had come in on the day before.  I left it in the luggage and I had an empty small sling handbag, it did look like a wallet of some kind I suppose on the scanner, the perfume bottle was lying around the top of my luggage and the bag opened, all zips opened, but left… so nothing taken, just violated that’s it.  I was mighty glad no perfume for them and no money in the bag!  Thanks for letting us share."

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