Drugs in Cargo
When I first got to Miami International Airport in September of 1990, AA Cargo was the most notorious place for drugs and thefts. Cocaine was brought in by the tons on our planes. High-value items like Rolex watches, gold coins, computers, guns etc. were stolen like a walk in a park. It was very easy!
I had a friend, Anna, who had worked at Burbank Airport, where I first started my career. I will never forget her kindness and friendship, which was unconditional.
One day I ran into her in Miami, where she now worked in cargo.
She said, “Cargo is the most dysfunctional place I have ever worked in my 25 years of employment. The merchandises comes in one door and goes out the other door in a flash. It’s shameful and ridiculous.”
She went on to say that the theft rate was close to 90%.
Today, I can say A.A. Cargo has gotten much better since 911. Everything is processed better and surveillance is in place. The DEA is also well aware that bad employees work in cargo.
However, there are still a lot of ways to get around the security. This is what I can help fix. I Can Weed out Those bad employees!
Excerpted from the forthcoming memoir, The Baggage Handler.