Hanoi airport may require baggage handlers to wear cameras to curb theft

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Passengers pick up their luggage at the Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. Photo credit: VNA Passengers pick up their luggage at the Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. Photo credit: VNA

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The Northern Airport Authority plans to make baggage handlers at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi wear cameras in an effort to curb baggage theft.
News website VnExpress quoted Tran Hoai Phuong, the authority’s director, as saying that the new measure will help control baggage thefts by monitoring activities of handlers. 
Nguyen Nhat, Deputy Minister of Transport, said even though lost property cases are actually decreasing, more efforts are needed to bring down the number further. 
“We are encouraging foreign investors and tourists to come to Vietnam. But if luggage thefts still exist at airports, they won’t,” VnExpress quoted Nhat as saying.
He said the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has been ordered to revoke the operation license of companies which cannot manage its baggage handlers and let them steal items from passengers.
CAAV director Lai Xuan Thanh said there were 292 complaints about luggage thefts in the first nine months of this year.
In the first few months, the number of such complaints was around 50 per month, Thanh said. But it has fallen to nine in September, he added.

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