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165 million rand security upgrade for South African Airports

first_imgAirports Company South Africa has spent 165 million rand upgrading security across the country’s international airports in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup. The new security measures, which include electronic baggage scanners, have been put to the test this week as 300,000 World Cup fans begin arriving in South Africa. Tebogo Mekgoe, the assistant general manager at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, said the security upgrade would help South Africa’s airports lose their notorious reputation for baggage theft.”Three years ago, we used to have about 40 cases of theft reported per day.”  He also acknowledged the fact that international travellers are often warned of baggage handlers’ sticky fingers. The US embassy website has described theft at OR Tambo as a “serious problem” and encourages travellers to use locks on their luggage, while Britain’s embassy recommends vacuum-wrapping checked bags in plastic. Despite these recommendations, Mekgoe said the airport authority has been able to reduce luggage theft to “almost nothing.” According to Mekgoe, they have achieved this by hiring all new baggage handlers, creating a “baggage reaction team” and switching to electronic scanners that track bags from check-in to loading on the plane.”This new technology has remarkably reduced cases of pilferage,” Mekgoe told reporters. He said OR Tambo had not received a single baggage theft complaint during the 2009 Confederations Cup, which was seen as a warm-up tournament for the World Cup. However, the problem has not been completely resolved. South African Airways, the country’s largest carrier, reports theft from two out of every 1,000 bags, a problem the airline has blamed on organised crime. But the airport authority insisted its security measures are solid.”The technology we use is world-class and our security staff undergo regular, highly specialised training. As a result, well over 700 prohibited items are detected on a daily basis at our airports countrywide,” spokesman Solomon Makgale said.”The reported breach is therefore a rare occurrence,” he added. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/292ce/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more