12 workers at the Cheddi Jagan International airport banned from access as an investigation is launched.
Management at the Cheddi Jagan airport has revoked the passes for at least 12 workers attached to various companies at the airport. The revocation of the passes has effectively banned the 12 persons access to most parts of the airport and many of them have been sent off by their company. Airport officials today said the move is part of an investigation at the international airport. Details about that investigation are sketchy but reports state that it may have links to a number of breaches in security that have enabled the passage of drugs through the airport. There may be specific reference to the discovery a few months back of a bag of cocaine tucked away in the bush close to the fence of the runway on the airport.
Most of those who have had their passes revoked are baggage handlers and the ramp operators along with some security people. Some of them however say they were just told their passes were revoked and were never told what the probe may be about or why they were being targeted. One young man said he was not even on duty at the time when there was that drug find so he finds it hard to believe that the revocation of his pass would have anything to do with that. He said he was never called in and questioned about anything either and every time he tries to find out what is going on he would be shut out and excuses would be thrown at him.
A senior official at the airport said the investigation is not covering just one issue, there are a number of breaches and complaints being looked at. He could not say when the investigation would be completed. So until then those whose passes were revoked are without a job.
The airports management has been coming under pressure to step its monitoring in wake of several drug busts that took place overseas. The drug pushers in those cases were able to successfully penetrate all the layers of security at the airport.