Nineteen Philippine airport security screening officers fired for stealing

Office for Transportation and Security personnel inspecting the luggage of passengers at the final check area at the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 1 in Pasay City on Sept 25, 2023. - PDI

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): A total of 19 personnel of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), an attached agency of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), have been fired since July 2022 after they were caught stealing from airline passengers, according to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

“Actually, we have investigated 60 cases [of theft incidents] at the airports [involving OTS employees],” Bautista said on Tuesday during the Senate deliberations on the DOTr’s budget request of P214 billion for 2024.

The cases included the Sept 8 incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport where an OTS screener was spotted on a security camera allegedly swallowing US$300 in bills that she supposedly stole from a Chinese tourist.

The viral video was yet another black eye on the country’s main international gateway, which had been tagged before by a vacation rental management firm as among the world’s worst airports.

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