Sniggering baggage handlers suspended after disgraceful airport antics exposed

Three baggage handlers have sparked outrage online after a video showed them recklessly throwing luggage onto a conveyor belt behind the baggage claim area.

The employees, who were working on Qantas flights at Melbourne airport in Australia, have been stood down immediately since the footage being shared online.

In the minute-long clip, the three men in high-vis jackets, were unloading a Qantas-branded luggage container.

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They deliberately threw the suitcases high into the air, then slammed them onto a conveyor belt.

One man hurled the bags forcefully that it fell off the belt.

The group, who are employees of Qantas subcontractor Swissport, can be seen chatting and laughing while emptying the containers.

Viewers were enraged and said them a "disgrace" for the company.

One said: "People pay so much for their flights and trust that their property aren't being intentionally damaged when they don't have it with them."

A second commented: "Now I understand how bags can get lost."

"They should be terminated on spot," a third added.

A Quantas spokesperson said: "The behaviour in this video is clearly not acceptable, and our contracted ground handler is conducting an urgent investigation."

A spokesperson for Swissport said: "Swissport trains and manages all staff to handle customer possessions with care and diligence.

"The actions of staff in the video appear to have contravened those service level standards.

"As a result, the staff in question have been stood down pending an urgent investigation."

Brad Moore, chief executive at Swissport, said he was let down by the workers' behaviour in the video.

"Disrespectful behaviour to our customer luggage and personal effects will not be tolerated and will result in serious disciplinary action," he wrote to the staff, reported the Guardian.

"Rest assured this matter will be investigated with urgency with appropriate follow-up action.

"The unacceptable behaviour of a few individuals will not go unchecked nor be allowed to tarnish the quality work of our whole team."


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