An Oregon man returned home from the Midwest for the holidays only to find that one of his bags—one that was full of Christmas gifts—had been stolen off the carousel in the Portland airport. Now the man wants to know: Why isn’t security around the baggage claim area secure enough to prevent this?
Oregon resident David Grilli ran into several issues trying to come home from his holiday celebrations in the Midwest: Two of his flights from Chicago were canceled and eventually his bags returned on a separate flight than the one on which he and his husband flew home. And when they arrived at Portland International Airport (PDX), there was another issue—one of his bags had been stolen off the carousel at baggage claim.
“The bags arrived before we did,” Grilli told KATU2. “We had no chance to stand by the baggage claim belt and claim our own bag. They were left. They weren’t taken and dealt with in an expedient manner to protect them.”
Delta employees retrieved two of Grilli’s bags when they arrived 30 minutes before his flight, but the third was gone. Officers at the airport told him that someone had taken it from the carousel and left.
“Anybody can walk in off the street and grab a bag, it shouldn’t happen that way,” Grilli told KATU2.
Portland airport spokesperson Steve Johnson says bag thefts do happen, though security measures are in place to prevent it, like security cameras, police officers patrolling baggage claim and airport employees who report suspicious activity.
“There have been situations in the past where individuals will work the bag claim area. We do put extra resources when that happens,” Johnson told KATU2. “We have been successful in the past of apprehending individuals who are stealing bags from the carousels.”