PHL Baggage Handler Arrested For Alleged Theft From Luggage, Additional Charges Pending
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport has been arrested and charges are pending against his co-worker after they were allegedly discovered stealing from passengers luggage, according to an exclusive CBS 3 I-Team investigation.
Police say U.S. Airways employee Waheed Hosein and a second worker, who Eyewitness News is not identifying because he’s not yet charged, are suspected of stealing from baggage being moved beneath Terminals B and C at the airport.
The pair, sources say, allegedly stole iPads, cameras, jewelry, GPS systems and liquor from luggage, selling the items on the internet. Sources say items recovered in police searches now indicate the thefts may go back to 2009.
Sources say the pair allegedly stole from baggage being moved from one flight to another so the alleged thefts would not be discovered by victims until hours later when they arrived at other airports.
Flyers expressed frustration that security regulations prevent them from locking baggage, making thefts easier.
U.S. Airways did not respond to repeated requests for comment by Eyewitness News.
In November 2010, four American Airlines baggage handlers were charged with stealing from luggage at Philadelphia International Airport.
Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3