Australian Baggage Handlers Fired After Video Showed Them Throwing Luggage
Two Australian baggage handlers at Melbourne Airport have been fired after a video showing them recklessly throwing passengers’ luggage surfaced online. Employed by Qantas subcontractor Swissport, the two employees can be seen laughing as they throw the bags onto the conveyer belt.
The video shared by a Twitter user shows a few baggage handlers unloading passenger suitcases and bags onto the conveyer belt. The two closest to the camera can be seen throwing the bags, regardless of their size, on the conveyer belt. One of them even picks a smaller bag over his head and throws it down onto the belt making the other handler laugh. Some of the bags even fall off the belt and it is unclear if they were put back on or not.
The video went viral on social media and both Qantas and Swissport Australia were quick to respond. They launched an “urgent investigation” and the two employees were fired. “An urgent investigation was undertaken into the recent behavior of two team members at Melbourne Airport who were handling customer luggage in an unacceptable manner. As a result of that investigation, these individuals are no longer employed by Swissport,” according to a spokesperson.
And this is why you don’t check bags if you can help it. This is reportedly off a Qantas flight in Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/Pr7qvTWqkc
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