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RDU steps up patrols in baggage claim areas

Posted September 18, 2009

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— Authorities are watching the baggage claim areas at Raleigh-Durham International Airport more closely after a spate of reports of stolen bags, a spokeswoman said.

Mindy Hamlin, RDU spokeswoman, said the airport has stepped up patrols in the baggage areas, will install surveillance cameras and is working with airlines to better time the arrival of bags with the arrival of passengers.

Hamlin said 20 travelers have filed reports of stolen bags with RDU police this year. She pointed out that the airport has served almost 3 million trips since Jan. 1.

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  • time4real Sep 18, 2009

    the airport with the most lack security in the nation, right here in wake county! at 'a boy!

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 18, 2009

    we built the taj mahal airport terminal with no security cameras...they must be talking about the old delta terminal.

  • A confused citizen Sep 18, 2009

    If this is such a problem it would seem the solution is simple...positive bag match. That is match baggage tags to bag receipts. Don't use police for this but put some of NC's 10.8% to work. This would stimulate the economy quicker than $4.5 million recovery grant spent on runway lights. Long term employment vs. short term employment.

  • Leonardo Sep 18, 2009

    There were no surveillance cameras already in the baggage claim area? That doesn't sound too smart.

  • Road-wearier Sep 18, 2009

    Must be some mighty patient thieves...RDU has the slowest bag service of any airport I've ever used and I've used over one hundred on four continents.

    And also - TSA = Taking Scissors Away

  • WHEEL Sep 18, 2009

    BUTTERPIE You can include their famous TSA "thousands standing around" personell in the theft catagory also.

  • butterpie Sep 18, 2009

    We've had more items taken out of bags by baggage handlers than we have had bags stolen from baggage claim areas.