Written by Bella Dalima
24 Jan, 2015 | 8:44 pm
The airport of a country is not only a gateway for a new experience but also reflects the image of the host nation.
According to Minister of Aviation Services, Faizer Mustapha it is important to prevent the malpractices of fraud and corruption that takes place within the airport.
News 1st was provided with footage that shows extortion that takes place at the Bandaranaike International Airport, and also the harassing of passengers.
The attached video shows the final gate for boarding, for passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Kantunayake.
After being checked and cleared for travel, passengers enter the boarding area through this gate.
If officers at this area are suspicions of any passenger, the passenger is escorted to a room within the premises and is inspected. The inspection takes place with the passenger in question being requested to strip down.
According to Airport Security, for such an inspection, it takes a minimum of ten minutes.
Yet, some passengers are escorted to this room for inspection, sometimes for absurd reasons and are released within seconds.
This situation has led to suspicions of alleged money extortion taking place inside this inspection room.
The footage also shows a group of security officers dressed in civil attire extorting money from a passenger.
Another phase of extortion takes place at the exit gate of the airport. This time it is the dealers at the airport who are taking part in this alleged malpractice.
The footage shows how money is being extorted from transport providers who arrange vehicles for migrant workers who return to Sri Lanka from the Middle-East.
Airport Security is only allowed to have Rs.300 in their possession while in the Airport. Although it looks simple enough, the monitors of these cameras work with a hawk-eye to capture these malpractices on camera.
Yet, the authorities do not seem to be interested in stopping the malpractices.
It is alleged that sexual harassment also takes place within the airport.
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