African Airways has announced it will shrink-wrap
all its passengers’ checked-in baggage outbound from
Johannesburg International Airport.
From July 1,
a machine will be operational at the domestic
terminal, and by July 15, another two will operate
at International Departures.
this was an admission of defeat in the battle
against baggage pilferage, Jacqui O’Sullivan, SAA
head of corporate communications, replied that it
was just one of many baggage security initiatives.
baggage security is not the sole responsibility of
one party, and as an airline, SAA had to take what
measures it could to offer customers the service
The national carrier says it handles 500 000 – 700
000 bags per month and baggage pilferage, damaged
bags and misrouted luggage add up to 0,07% of all
luggage handled, i.e. 350 – 490 bags per month.