CHENNAI: Two employees of a ground handling agency were arrested after they were caught on camera nicking a professional camera from the bag of a passenger, at the city airport on Tuesday.
According to airport sources, loader Vallinayagam and his supervisor Vijay were working for Bhadra - a company responsible for handling baggage loading and unloading for most major international airlines. On Tuesday, when Vallinayagam was transporting baggage from a Malaysia Airlines flight to the conveyor belt, he stopped a little before the loading zone. He allegedly picked out a large duffel bag, quickly removed a box from inside and handed it to his accomplice.
“The driver drove away with the luggage while the other man went to a store room nearby and came out without the box. The CISF personnel, who were watching the whole exchange on CCTV camera, were left puzzled,” said an AAI official.
Even before the passenger reported about the missing camera, the CISF security guards apprehended the two men when they attempted to leave the airport premises. After finding holes in their version, the personnel handed over the two men along with the CCTV footage and camera to the local police.
Snag on Flight
A technical snag on an Air India flight caused a sleepless night for 183 passengers as the plane that was scheduled to leave at 1.30 am, departed only at 7.30 am.
The Kuala Lumpur-Chennai-Mumbai flight that was due to land after midnight, was an hour late and came in only at 1.30 am. As many as 170 Mumbai-bound passengers had to wait at the old international terminal for a while before boarding the flight.
However, soon after they joined the 13 passengers already on board, the pilot detected a technical snag.
Eventually, the plane departed at 7.25 am and reached Mumbai without further incident.
Meanwhile, four unclaimed bags outside the domestic terminal caused a flutter at the airport.
The bags were later claimed by the relative of a passenger, who had asked them to collect it because they were ‘excess’ and ‘chargeable’.