22 March 2018

THE Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of the Ministry of Communications in a press release yesterday clarified that the incident related to the viral news of a theft of airplane passenger cargo items did not occur at the Brunei International Airport, but at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

However, the passenger who was travelling with family on board AirAsia flight AK273, did depart from Bandar Seri Begawan and arrived in Kuala Lumpur on March 19.

Following an investigation, the DCA announced that there were no criminal conducts in the loading/unloading process of the luggage up until it was loaded on board the airplane at Brunei International Airport.

The DCA also clarified that CCTVs have been installed and a 24-hour surveillance is conducted in restricted areas by Airport Police.

These processes are also supervised by an airline officer from airline companies to ensure passenger cargoes are safe and that officers are first screened before and after duty in accordance to a Standard Operating Procedure.

Safety is a priority in any activities conducted within the Brunei International Airport, however it is advisable for every passenger to ensure valuables to be packed into their hand-carry bags and checked-in luggage locked.

The DCA advised the public to share any information on the issue and requested the public to stop forwarding the confusing news which is an offence under the Public Order Act, Chapter 148 carrying a penalty of three years’ jail or a fine of $3,000 or both.

The DCA also reminded the public to not be gullible and forward news received from the Internet or social media without verifying it first.

Any inquiries can be made to the DCA directly by contacting them on lines (673)2344112 or (673)7297188 or log onto http://www.mincom.gov.bn/dca or via e-mail to info.dca@civil-aviation.gov.bn.

Original Source: borneobulletin.com.bn