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89 Bags & Counting
89 Bags & Counting

89 Bags & Counting

My Long Haul to OR Tambo International and the Mystery of the Pilfered Baggage


160 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: July 2013

ISBN 9781431407705

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Jacana Media (Jul 2013)

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Bringing readers and travelers a fascinating but cautionary account of an airport’s baggage-handling system, Steve Chart shares the many interesting and at times humorous investigations he undertook as a security consultant to the Airports Company South Africa. In 2007 Steve Chart was appointed with the task of assisting in the reduction of baggage pilferage at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. What Steve soon realized, however, was that in terms of security, the airport wasn’t a vessel with a small leakage problem but a boat on the absolute verge of sinking. He discovered a criminal incursion within the South African travel industry, encountering countless cases of corruption, poor management, and no desire to take responsibility. This personal narrative of his investigations serves as a reminder to the public about protecting their luggage, themselves, and their fellow travelers.

Author Biography

Steve Chart is a former detective inspector of the metropolitan police in London. In 1987 he started an independent security consultancy and private investigation company and was hired as a consultant by the Airports Company South Africa to deal with rampant baggage pilferage at OR Tambo International Airport.