By Euro Weekly News Media • 07 October 2018 • 19:17
AIRPORT SECURITY: Passenger claims the only time his bag was out of sight was when it went through the security scanner (File photograph). Photo credit: Shutterstock
A BRITSIH holidaymaker, who was returning to the UK after a week in sunny Spain, claims he was robbed of £400 cash and his credit cards when his rucksack passed through the security system at a Costa airport.
Retired Kev Lomax from Crewe told the Euro Weekly News how he had just spent a fantastic week in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca.
Kev said: “All was well until we got to the Alicante airport.
“I had my euros on me, so foolishly I left my other wallet with my English money in my rucksack.
He said: “The only time my bag was out of sight was when it went through the security scanner.
“I walked through the scanner, but then the belt stopped while security men changed over.”
“That was the only place my bag was out of sight.”
He went on: “I didn’t need pounds so I didn’t find it missing until I got to Liverpool airport.
“I felt sick when I found it was missing all my cards and £400 cash.
Kev has gone public with his warning saying: “Keep your money on you at the airport at all time. It’s a warning from someone who feels a stupid idiot.
“But if it stops it happening to someone else that would be great.”
Other members of Facebook groups have expressed concern about the plastic trays going through out of sight on the conveyor system while passengers can often be delayed by the personal security checks.
One commenter said: “You can be ages getting scanned they are that slow and all the time your tray is sat at the bottom with money, ipad and phones all there for anyone to help themselves!!!”
Another added: “You put your bags, laptop, keys onto the conveyor then they wave you forward and you don’t see them again until you get through all the checks. If you walk with them alongside the conveyor as I try to do security has a fit.”
“If you are stopped to be searched your wallet, watch, phone etc are just stood there unattended for anyone to lift. This system needs to be reviewed!” added another passenger.
Karen Hanson an admin on the Benidorm & Costa Blanca News & Information Forum said: “Money and valuables don’t just disappear, someone is helping themselves to our belongings 😡.
“Whether it’s other passengers or staff it needs reporting and dealing with by the airport.
“CCTV is everywhere in airports so no excuse for any theft to not be thoroughly investigated.
She said: “I used to work in a supermarket and we regularly got searched on our way out at the end of our shifts, usually by management and the security guard.
“They weren’t happy when I asked one day who searched them when they were going home!
“Thieves come in all guises and just because someone’s in a job of trust doesn’t mean they won’t steal.”
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I am partially disabled and together with my husband daughter and another elderly couple where on a golf buggy at Malaga airport in June. My new iPad and phone plus stick was put into a basket, when my other black box came through the other one containing my iPad phone etc didn’t arrive. I asked where it was and lo and behold the iPad one had been left behind, when they found it the new iPad had gone out of it!! Next they found the iPad left behind on its own. The elderly couple were subjected to exactly the same treatment, I said watch the performance! Two iPads nearly gone whilst we were being supposedly being escorted as disabled people, I was very upset by the deceitful way the security acted.
This isn’t the first and won’t be the last. Most often it is an opportunist theft, but still theft. Single travellers are most vulnerable. Always try and go through as a pair so that one gets through and can keep an eye on everything that comes through and the other waits until everything is safely through. If security gets upset, stay calm. Also on flights try and put your cabin bag in the locker on the opposite side so that you can keep and eye on it if anyone goes into the locker during the flight. This is an increasingly common form of theft especially on longer overnight flights.
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