View Full Version : Flight delays on cards as union slaps ban on luggage collection

26th Nov 2002, 16:03
Wed "Sydney Morning Herald" 27/11/02

Flight delays on cards as union slaps ban on luggage collection
November 27 2002

Baggage handlers at the Qantas terminal at Sydney airport have placed a ban on fetching unaccompanied luggage from plane holds on all domestic flights.

The Transport Workers Union said workers met yesterday and opted to put the ban in place from 4pm.

The union's state secretary, Tony Sheldon, said baggage handlers, who were not trained in security, collected bags from a plane hold when a passenger failed to board a flight.

A union spokesman said the ban could delay flights.

"If there's unaccompanied baggage that needs retrieving from domestic flights, baggage handlers won't be going in to get it," he said. "We believe it should be done by federal police or appropriately trained security personnel."

Unions had already raised concerns about the non-screening of checked-in baggage on domestic and some international flights.

The union said it was concerned the airport could be a target for an attack, particularly in the wake of the Federal Government's terrorist alert.

Mr Sheldon said Qantas even offered bag handlers free movie tickets if they found unaccompanied bags.

"These guys have been trained to pick up bags on a conveyor belt; they have no specific training at all in identification or terrorism work," he said.

The TWU said baggage workers from Virgin Blue were meeting to consider imposing a similar ban on collecting unaccompanied luggage.


Buster Hyman
26th Nov 2002, 22:09
Hmmm....do you get a movie ticket if you were the one who put it on the aircraft in the first place?

I could go on, but I don't think I'll bother.:rolleyes:

26th Nov 2002, 22:09
Geoff Dixon should tender Sydney baggage handling out to some organisation that wants it, if these nancy boys don't want to do their job.

Next they'll be stopping because someone broke a finger nail.

27th Nov 2002, 03:23
LOL, I bet if the company comes up with a ' dangerous baggage allowance' similar to the 'coffin' allowance then they will change their tune quick smart.

Next we'll have cleaners refusing to empty the garbage because someone may have put something in there! ;) :p

27th Nov 2002, 03:28
So it's OK for them to put the bags on if they have a bomb in them, but not OK to get them off !


Buster Hyman
27th Nov 2002, 09:09
they have no specific training at all in identification or terrorism work,"

So, how do you identify a bag with a bomb in it? And, I guess industrial terrorism doesn't count huh? Bluddy unions!

Barbers Pole
28th Nov 2002, 21:55
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: and who said QF don't have problems. The day of reckoning will come for some of the unions.

30th Nov 2002, 08:57
Ahhhh, yup, seems like Christmas travel is once again on the horizon... :mad: They ain't baggage handlers anyway, more like baggage "tossers"!