Warn your clients about airport cons
- Date: Jan 25, 2017
- Categories: news
Two unidentified individuals demanded a large amount of money from passengers arriving from the US at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday morning. The passengers were connecting on to a flight to Durban.
While in a long queue waiting to go through security for domestic departures at Gates C-E, the passengers were approached by two men who told them they would help them get through more quickly. Tourist guide, Ron Mcgregor, told Tourism Update eTNW that the two men directed the passengers through a glass door that appeared to be for airline personnel.
Once through the door the two men demanded that the passengers pay them $100 for their assistance but in the end settled for $10. Mcgregor Ron described the men as being rather “menacing” in their approach and threatening towards the passengers.
Bongiwe Pityi, GM of OR Tambo International Airport, told Tourism Update that several suspects have been identified following the incident, and the investigation is ongoing. Pityi added that security routines and procedures have been further strengthened.
“Passengers should under no circumstances succumb to offers and invitations that are corrupt in nature. Any attempts to lure or compel passengers to pay bribes should not only be declined, but also reported immediately to one of the information desks,” said Pityi. She added that there is no justification for trying to jump a queue by offering bribes, or accepting offers for shortcuts. “When an offer looks too good to be true, it is.”