MIAA denies reports that staff in viral video involved in theft

December 23, 2015 6:14 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Dec. 22 (PNA) — Airport authorities on Tuesday dismissed claims that one of its ground personnel was caught in a video stealing from a passenger’s bag earlier this week.

The ‘viral’ video shared online since Dec. 16 showed a ramp agent getting a white envelope from a bag beside the aircraft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Upon investigation, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said that viewers mistook the personnel for stealing when he was only retrieving cargo documents.

“The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) would like to clarify that nothing anomalous took place in the video uploaded recently online of a ground personnel opening a bag at the apron of the NAIA,” MIAA said.

Senior Traffic Officer of the airline Jhun Añonuevo clarified that, as a matter of procedure, airline ground personnel retrieve a document pouch from the compartment of an aircraft upon arrival.

The said pouch contains pertinent records such as airway bills, cargo manifest, mail manifest, delivery bills, and an inbound handling report.

He said that an on-duty ramp agent receives the said cargo documents and submits these to concerned offices.

Añonuevo meanwhile assured that corrective measures are being undertaken by the airline concerned regarding the handling of documents to prevent any misinterpretation in the future. (PNA)

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