Issue On Passenger Cargo Theft and Installation of CCTV at Cargo Loading/Unloading Area, Brunei International Airport That Went Viral

The Civil Aviation Department has taken notice on the issue regarding the installation of Closed Circuit Television or CCTV at the cargo loading and unloading area of the Brunei International Airport, and the theft involving passenger cargo which went viral on social media recently.

In this regard, the Department has confirmed that an incident of missing personal items was reported to the Malaysian Police Force at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and NOT at the Brunei International Airport. The passenger was travelling with family onboard AirAsia flight - AK 273 from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 19th of March. Following investigations, the Civil Aviation Department confirms that no criminal elements were committed throughout the loading/unloading process of the baggage until it was loaded onto the plane at the Brunei International Airport.

According to the Civil Aviation Department, the Brunei International Airport, specifically restricted areas are equipped with CCTVs which are monitored 24 hours a day by the Airport Police. Aside from that, every airline company also appoints its own airline security who are tasked with ensuring that baggage handling processes are always under supervision and safe. All employees operating in the restricted area are also inspected and monitored to ensure that no criminal activities take place. The inspection are made according to Standard Operating Procedures before and after carrying out their duties.

The security of the Brunei International Airport, including all activities within it, is a priority at the airport. The public is also advised to always ensure the safety of their baggage and not to leave their belongings unattended. They are also reminded to take safety measures by keeping valuable items in the hand carry and ensure that checked-in baggage are locked properly.

The Civil Aviation Department welcomes any sharing of information from the public regarding this matter. The department seeks cooperation from the public to stop spreading such misleading news. Under the Public Order Act, Chapter 148, spreading false and untrue information is an offence which carries the penalty of three years' imprisonment or a fine of 3-thousand Brunei dollars, or both. For further information, contact the Civil Aviation Department through telephone number 2344112 or 7297188 or visit the website www.mincom.gov.bn/dca, or email directly to info.dca@civil-aviation.gov.bn.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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