Bag tampering and the theft of valuable items from travellers at airports is a serious problem that needs urgent intervention, FlySafair said on Thursday. “It’s a huge problem. We as airlines feel that we are terribly under siege,” said Kirby Gordon, the airline’s head of sales and distribution. This comes after a recent tweet by anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee, who called on airlines to urgently intervene against bag tampering and theft at airports. Several travellers backed Abramjee’s call and immediately shared their own unpleasant experiences of bag tampering and theft. Some shared pictures showing how their bags had been cut open so that items could be stolen. “Cape Town to Athens via Emirates, same problem! Two bags cut open and golfers stolen!” one person commented.

“Our bags are being tampered with each day,” commented a second traveller. “Nobody wants to take responsibility, including the council themselves. Maybe CCTV is needed on luggage cabins, as well as the en...

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