A suspect who was stealing goods from the luggage of unsuspecting airline passengers at the Katunayaka airport was arrested by the police. The culprit had stolen the items stealthily after the passengers had handed their luggage to the relevant airlines.
The police said that he was arrested following investigations on several complaints which were lodged with the Katunayaka police.
Jewellery, eight digital cameras, two video cameras and six mobile phones were among the items recovered by the police. (GS)
I know about an incident where a family lost their jewelry. Apparently, someone broke into the correct bag and reached-into the exact location where the jewelry had been kept. He couldn't have found it, without the help of x-ray information, from airport security. Everyone, from top to bottom, is involved in this racket!
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:46 AM
Most of the airport security personnals are corrupted anyway...
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:54 AM
....And the poor sucker will be executed if he/she was going to a country where drug smuggling is punishable by death!
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:51 AM
so do the police know that there are custome officers are big theafes,, is there any plan to arrest them,,, hhahahahaha
Monday, 01 March 2010 11:19 PM
JUST THE 'TIP' OF THE ICEBURG, NEVER WILL ITS 'BASE' BE CAUGHT!
Monday, 01 March 2010 09:50 PM
Now that one culprit has been caught 'red handed,' both the Police & CID must do their bit to nab all other thieves, in the 'ring.' The only way to stop this from reccuring, is to throw the law book, 'hard,' at these thieves - penalties & jail terms, as per the law; expulsion from their jobs; and, publicizing their names via a 'criminals register.'
Monday, 01 March 2010 07:48 PM
Oh, brilliant work! Make him MP for the Katunayake area - he has all the 'right' qualities.
Monday, 01 March 2010 07:13 PM
Ideally, passengers are supposed to lock their luggage, before handing it over to the airline. Especially, if you are travelling to/through India. Looks like Sri Lanka is becoming another "India" now. Very sad!
Monday, 01 March 2010 07:03 PM
"A suspect"? Where is the rest of the gang? You think that this is only one person's job? There must be many others sharing in the profits. He couldn't to this alone.
Monday, 01 March 2010 06:39 PM
Agree with DMS - If items can be stolen from passenger luggage, then something 'nasty' can also be introduced into the luggage, with disastrous consequences. Airport authorities should take immediate and severe action to stem this 'inside job.' This needs concerted Government action. The Police have done a good job - I hope they will catch all the 'insiders'!
Monday, 01 March 2010 03:27 PM
Sri Lanka tourism are quick on the draw when it comes to sealing 'international level' hotel tariffs, but many 3/4 star hotels as well as airport security has a lot to be desired. They can learn a thing or two from say Thailand and its Swarnabhumi airport, where thefts are almost unheard of and the 3*hotels in Bangkok with exceptional quality charges less than $25; compared to $55+ in Sri Lanka.
Monday, 01 March 2010 03:26 PM
Only Sanath and Geetha can solve our problems. Hey people from South its up to you guys again to save the country. You did once with Anarkali and make the same decision again. Or dont make any decision.Now I believe why they have the best curd in south!
Monday, 01 March 2010 03:15 PM
Still more to come... exactly where is country going. we will beat Haiti in few years!
Monday, 01 March 2010 03:08 PM
What has been the airport security and its Heads doing all this time??
Monday, 01 March 2010 12:36 PM
Duty Free !
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:44 PM
I am in tourism and visit the air port regularly. Stealing from luggage has been going on for ages in Colombo airport. I am surprised why they decided to catch just one of them. But the culprit only needs to mention the name of a minister and he willgo scott free
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:27 PM
There are many things wrong at BIA. I saw a group of three unpacking large cardboard boxes at the far corner of the baggage conveyor of arrivals terminal and re-packing the contents into smaller bags before going through customs. There were many customs and security personnel around who pretended not to notice what was happening right under their noses. The place needs a thorough clean-up.
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:15 PM
This is nothing new. We lost a handycam from the airport and the airline didn't care two hoots. Now here is proof. This is not an isolated incident. They must catch these thieves and give them the maximum punishment under the law.
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:13 PM
Good work after long time.
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:11 PM
there is a danger in this act. he can take that he want. But also remember he can introduce any thing that he wanted also, could be a bomb with timing device? this has been done after BD checks and custom check as well. disaster ..........if not stopped right away!!
Monday, 01 March 2010 02:10 PM
I am surprised why people don't have the brains to take valuables in their hand luggage. I am not condoning what the guy did, but nowadays people should have more sense.
Monday, 01 March 2010 01:46 PM
This has been happening for such long time. Finally at least one arrest
Monday, 01 March 2010 01:39 PM
looks like no one is looking at the output from cams :)
Monday, 01 March 2010 01:28 PM
Don't say this is all happening without the knowledge of the authorities!
Monday, 01 March 2010 01:27 PM
In a time where the country is trying to promote as a tourist destination, the main hub can’t operate properly. This is shame guys. I am sure there are lot more involved in this process. And hope all the culprits will be revealed in public and more tighter security measure are taken at the airport in order to guarantee passenger security
Monday, 01 March 2010 01:16 PM
stop going to sri lanka int'l has to put a band visiting sri lanka...
Monday, 01 March 2010 12:40 PM
Don't they have security cameras all along route of luggage from airline counter belt to the loading on to plane holds. Looks a very lax system designed by a govt stooge.
Monday, 01 March 2010 12:38 PM
Airport Security must be so shabby & weak with political catchers in the staff. Not surprised with the drop in standards all over with this govt.
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