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Airport thefts highlight out-dated regulations

By Yin Yeping and Xie Wenting (Global Times)

09:44, November 20, 2012

An employee of Beijing Capital International Airport tests the operating system of the baggage handling system in Terminal 3. Photo: CFP

Out-of-date regulations concerning the loss of property from airline passengers' luggage are contributing to security problems at airports and on airlines, an expert in aviation law told the Global Times Monday.

Two recent cases of theft involving airport staff employed in the baggage transfer department of Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) have highlighted the safety risks to passengers' luggage.

One employee of the BCIA baggage department, Yang Qingjing, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Sunday for stealing cash and luxury items from unlocked luggage at Terminal 2 in a stealing spree that lasted from December 2011 to February 2012. The articles were worth 120,000 yuan ($19,248).

In another case, airport baggage handler Luo Guobin, 55, stood trial on November 7 for stealing electronic items from luggage worth 8,800 yuan ($1,406) over a two-week period at Terminal 3 in June. The accused said he hid the items under his arms, and was never checked by airport security staff. Prosecutors at Chaoyang district court asked for a sentence of 9 months to a year, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

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