Sloppy job in screening led to cargo ban

March 21, 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh: – False entries made by an airport screener on the list of checked goods and a casual smoke break taken by another one were the last straw for the UK monitoring team, leading to the temporary ban on Dhaka-London direct air cargo.

The Daily Star learnt this from a report of the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and a reliable source in the British High Commission in Dhaka.

In the false entry incident, the operator screened eight items with explosive trace detector (ETD) at the cargo complex of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. But he recorded 25 in the logbook, an official at the civil aviation ministry reconfirmed.

Ironically though, the operator scored 90-plus marks in a screeners’ test carried out online by an international firm that provides security service to different countries.



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