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Mutual Help List, Enforcement of unattended baggage rule



At our airport, we provide a handful of "freebie" luggage carts to prevent
unattended baggage.  We have never had one come up missing but occasionally
have to retrieve them from the parking lot - they usually come back on their
own.  This seems to work well for us.

Jeremy Perusse
Operations Coord.
Glynco Jetport
Brunswick, GA

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Lawson" <jlawson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <help@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 8:14 PM
Subject: CAA: Mutual Help List, Enforcement of unattended baggage rule


>
> What are other airports doing when people leave unattended baggage in or
> in front of the terminal?
>
> A couple of knuckleheads here have given my operations officers and
> sheriff's deputy grief about it.  It's especially difficult for the ops
> officers, who don't have LE authority.  These people pull up in front of
> the terminal, realize they have too much "stuff" to haul into the
> terminal in one trip, and decided to unload their vehicle and shuttle
> the bags inside.  When they are told "you cannot leave your bags
> unattended," these folks shrug their shoulders and do it anyway....they
> take some bags in, leaving the rest on the sidewalk to bring in on
> another pass.  This wasn't a real problem until recently...I'm wondering
> what other airports do.  I've considered confiscating the bags, but that
> involves taking them into the terminal, which is exactly what the person
> wants.  HXD is a small airport, so we don't have sky caps.  We're
> acquiring a few carts (which - cynically - will probably be stolen), but
> I think I really need to put some enforcement "teeth" in place to
> address the uncooperative folks.  What do other airports do?  We have a
> procedure for bags that are inadvertently left in the terminal -
> probably the same one that most of you do - but this is a bit different.
>
> I guess people are getting back to "normal."  One lady who pulled up in
> front of the terminal to unload her car arrogantly addressed my
> sheriff's deputy by saying "this suitcase is too heavy for me, you WILL
> take it out."  How she mistook a badged, armed, uniformed deputy for a
> skycap, I have no idea...*sigh*.
>
> Semper Fi
> John Lawson, Airports Director
> Beaufort County Airports SC
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