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ATS Employees Stealing Bags At PDX  
User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1539 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

I work for United, and I was briefed about what happen this morning. This happened yesterday. I guess some passengers bags didn't arrive on their flight. So they proceeded into the baggage service office to fill out a PAWOB. The CSR pulls up the bag tag numbers in the computer and tells the passengers the bags were scanned in PDX 10 minutes ago. (We scan every inbound bag that comes off the flights). There have been bag thefts at PDX for a while now. It seems ever since the light rail came to the airport. So the CSR calls the airport police to file a report.

We get a call the next morning from our IAH station saying Continental brought over 6 UA PDX bags that were on their PDX-IAH red-eye flight for some reason. The airport police also found more of the missing bags on the other side of the airport. So it looks like the ATS ramp employees that work CO at night, have been picking off UA's bags from the baggage claim belt. I don't know how long this has been going on. This is how stupid they are. They leave the UA bag tag on them, and throw it on a Continental flight. So there has to be more then one involved in the crime. I hope they catch all that is involved with this.

[Edited 2007-06-26 02:08:25]

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User currently offlineJetboy319 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

Just curious, what does light rail have to do with it?  Wink
Cheers!


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

Quoting RampRat74 (Thread starter):
We get a call the next morning from our IAH station saying Continental brought over 6 UA PDX bags that were on their PDX-IAH red-eye flight for some reason. The airport police also found more of the missing bags on the other side of the airport. So it looks like the ATS ramp employees that work CO at night, have been picking off UA's bags from the baggage claim belt. I don't know how long this has been going on. This is how stupid they are. They leave the UA bag tag on them, and throw it on a Continental flight. So there has to be more then one involved in the crime. I hope they catch all that is involved with this.

This is why you guys warned me against working for a contractor when I asked in this thread:

Ramp Agent: Should I Work At Skywest Or US? (by San747 Feb 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)

I'm glad I quit ATS... Shoddily run at my station (ONT), and now it looks like no one is stopping ATS employees at PDX from pilfering bags? Jesus...



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User currently offlineSkyexramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

The ATS people that work our Skyway flights in STL are just horrible. They've haven't stole bags..yet..but they sure do beat the hell out of them and our bin doors.

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6041 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
I'm glad I quit ATS... Shoddily run at my station (ONT),

I've heard that the current manager is quite anal about things. When I was there a number of years ago, it wasn't bad, but looking back with all of the experience I have now, the training was VERY lacking.



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User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Quoting Jetboy319 (Reply 1):
Just curious, what does light rail have to do with it?

The poor ghetto people that work for ATS. That's just a guess at what he meant.  Wink Big grin  Silly  Cool

Public transportation = crappy people.

Don't kill me, it's just an idea.


User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4058 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

I'd call it ignorance, not maliciousness. I work the bagroom with ATS several days a week. We often get UA bags coming down our belt due to people upstairs (Huntleigh?) not paying attention or just not caring where they put the baggage. Some of the ATS bagroom employees just grab bags off the belt, toss them in their bag cart without even really looking at the tag. We have found a few of our bags in their carts even though the bag tags look nothing the same.

User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 2462 times:

This is the result of one bag policy........even though in principle I support it. But I'd bet this kind of thing happens at every airport. Sad that people become thevies.


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User currently offlineCMHSRQ From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 993 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months ago) and read 2434 times:

So were all the bags found? Was anything missing from them? If the answers are Yes and No, then it sounds more like a lazy or stupid ramp agent who didn't read the baggage tags.


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User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

Quoting RampRat74 (Thread starter):
It seems ever since the light rail came to the airport.



Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 5):
The poor ghetto people that work for ATS. That's just a guess at what he meant. Wink Big grin Silly Cool

Public transportation = crappy people.

Don't kill me, it's just an idea.

Connecting an airport to public transportation does not equal crappy people; it means better accessibility to the airport for travelers.

I think it's rather ignorant to think that public transportation brings crime and ghettoness...no wonder our country is so dependent on foreign oil when our cultural attitudes degrades anyone who doesn't drive a car.



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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

Nothing new in the industry.

I have not done it and do not condone it at all.

I have seen employees at Southwest and America West steal from bags and even steal golf clubs and cargo too.
I don't think anyone would consider Southwest employees to be ghetto.

Criminals are all over, that is why we have to have car alarms and door locks.



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User currently offlineUal4me From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

I have to say that the light rail has been a great service to PDX. I take it everyday to work, and every airport bound train has at least a few travellers on it. I also take it everytime I travel. I fail to see how the light rail=baggage theft...


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User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Quoting Skyexramper (Reply 3):
They've haven't stole bags..yet..but they sure do beat the hell out of them and our bin doors.

There's alot more that goes on than you would expect:
-literally beating the hell out of bags out of anger or fun
-competitions to see who can break the most wheels
-going into unlocked bags
-putting random things into bags
-using bags as seats
-bag throwing competitions (distance, height etc)
-checking out golf clubs, and maybe taking a few practise swings
-fragile stickers are really a bright decoration and even an invitation for destruction

So carry all that you value most, in your carry on!



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 4):
I've heard that the current manager is quite anal about things.

Which one? I had 3 in the 3 months I worked there!

Quoting YWG (Reply 12):
There's alot more that goes on than you would expect:
-literally beating the hell out of bags out of anger or fun
-competitions to see who can break the most wheels
-going into unlocked bags
-putting random things into bags
-using bags as seats
-bag throwing competitions (distance, height etc)
-checking out golf clubs, and maybe taking a few practise swings
-fragile stickers are really a bright decoration and even an invitation for destruction

I've seen almost all of those occurs at least a few times!



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Quoting San747 (Reply 13):
Quoting YWG (Reply 12):
There's alot more that goes on than you would expect:
-literally beating the hell out of bags out of anger or fun
-competitions to see who can break the most wheels
-going into unlocked bags
-putting random things into bags
-using bags as seats
-bag throwing competitions (distance, height etc)
-checking out golf clubs, and maybe taking a few practise swings
-fragile stickers are really a bright decoration and even an invitation for destruction

I've seen almost all of those occurs at least a few times!

..that's quite sad, they should be prosecuted for property destruction.....



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User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Quoting Ual4me (Reply 11):
I fail to see how the light rail=baggage theft...

I work the early morning shift. I see first hand all the bums sleeping at the airport. The Port cops are always kicking them out. They are arriving by light rail.


User currently offlineUal4me From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

Quoting Ramprat74 (Reply 15):
I work the early morning shift. I see first hand all the bums sleeping at the airport. The Port cops are always kicking them out. They are arriving by light rail.

Then stop them from sleeping there in the first place-I would hate to see light rail service change-it saves on parking, it is easy to use, and it provides easy access to downtown.

How do the bums have access to the luggage to cause the theft?



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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4058 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Quoting Max999 (Reply 9):
Connecting an airport to public transportation does not equal crappy people; it means better accessibility to the airport for travelers.



Quoting Ual4me (Reply 11):
I have to say that the light rail has been a great service to PDX. I take it everyday to work, and every airport bound train has at least a few travellers on it. I also take it everytime I travel. I fail to see how the light rail=baggage theft...

I wish they amended the service schedule to run the Red line all night. I'd love to use MAX to get to work, but I work early AM when it's not in service. Maybe with all the new flights being added the Port will rethink it. It's not a money issue - MAX is always a money loser. It will however be a boon to airport employees and late-night travelers.

Quoting YWG (Reply 12):
There's alot more that goes on than you would expect:
-literally beating the hell out of bags out of anger or fun
-competitions to see who can break the most wheels
-going into unlocked bags
-putting random things into bags
-using bags as seats
-bag throwing competitions (distance, height etc)
-checking out golf clubs, and maybe taking a few practise swings
-fragile stickers are really a bright decoration and even an invitation for destruction

Meh. Yes those things occasionally happen. But I don't know if it's as bad as all that. I've never seen anybody open a golf bag. Or bag-breaking or throwing competitions. I've seen LOTS of bags get broken. Mainly due to poor design or overloading. That's not our fault. The manufacturers care more about how the bag handles from the front door to the car trunk than how it handles being sorted and loaded on an aircraft for transport. Some bag designs make me shake my head, it's as if they are built to break. Then there are the passengers that stuff ridiculous amounts of crap in their baggage so the handles literally tar off due to weight, or the zippers rip apart. I'd say 99% of all bag damage is indeed accidental. On a side note, I have gone into bags to find vibrating articles. We are not supposed to loads bags that are vibrating. You can imagine the sorts of things I have found, not all of which are electric razors.

Quoting Ual4me (Reply 16):
How do the bums have access to the luggage to cause the theft?

I think it's more an argument that the employees more likely to commit offenses are those who are not financially well-off enough to have their own transportation to work.


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 17):
Meh. Yes those things occasionally happen. But I don't know if it's as bad as all that. I've never seen anybody open a golf bag. Or bag-breaking or throwing competitions. I've seen LOTS of bags get broken. Mainly due to poor design or overloading. That's not our fault. The manufacturers care more about how the bag handles from the front door to the car trunk than how it handles being sorted and loaded on an aircraft for transport. Some bag designs make me shake my head, it's as if they are built to break. Then there are the passengers that stuff ridiculous amounts of crap in their baggage so the handles literally tar off due to weight, or the zippers rip apart. I'd say 99% of all bag damage is indeed accidental. On a side note, I have gone into bags to find vibrating articles. We are not supposed to loads bags that are vibrating. You can imagine the sorts of things I have found, not all of which are electric razors.

I totally agree that a lot of the time, its the bag that's a piece of crap and breaks easily, or the pax pack way too much into it. But I was taught by my co-workers early to abuse the bags in order to fit bags in stacks. We had bags known as "stuffers" which we would use to fill gaps... I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.



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User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Quoting San747 (Reply 18):
I totally agree that a lot of the time, its the bag that's a piece of crap and breaks easily, or the pax pack way too much into it. But I was taught by my co-workers early to abuse the bags in order to fit bags in stacks. We had bags known as "stuffers" which we would use to fill gaps... I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

C'mon, lets be real here though...if you can tell me any airline that hasn't had to do that from time to time, then I have a 787 sitting around to sell you. Fact of the matter is that airlines care more about the bags just getting in the cargo bin than a bag being left behind due to a bulk-out. Its all about numbers. You simply cannot just point to contractors and say that they are to blame for everything.

I spent a little time working in ONT back in the day, can you send me an instant message on here and tell me who your three managers were while you were there?


Blue Skies


User currently onlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3411 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

There is a reason I used my hardside suitcase for so many years. Nothing arrived torn or broken. Saw alot of bags that were obviously just recently broken as it arrives on the carousel with a trail of wheel parts....

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