Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Latin America: Three Airport Employees at Guarulhos [São Paulo] Arrested for Theft from Checked Luggage

Three airport employees at São Paulo's Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, formerly known as Cumbica Airport, were arrested on Tuesday (March 5) following their theft of valuables from checked luggage placed in the cargo compartment, where there are no surveillance cameras.

At the moment, local investigators are attempting to determine the identities of passengers who had valuables stolen.

Those arrested included Thiego Espuldaro Rodrigo Rodrigues da Costa, 28, Teruyuki Iwassaki Anderson, 24, and Givanildo dos Santos Cruz, 32. One other suspect in the theft is also being sought.

The trio was taken into custody after stealing from in-bound flights from both Miami and Bogotá.

COMMENT: All passengers traveling worldwide are urged to carry any properly having a value greater than $25 in their carry-on luggage if at all possible, particularly digital cameras, laptops, tablets, DVD players, etc. 

Needless to say, given previous thefts from luggage, surveillance cameras should be installed in all cargo compartments on all international carriers, yet many airlines would just as soon permit their underwriters to pay the cost of stolen property from luggage. 

In 2011, the airport in São Paulo was rated third in the world for the most delayed flights.