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Overcrowded Tan Son Nhat airport warns passengers of pickpockets

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 11:40 GMT+7

Vietnam’s busiest airport has warned its passengers of growing numbers of pickpockets during the height of the country’s traveling season.

The warnings are announced on the airport’s speakers following regular flight announcements.

According to the airport’s management authority, there has been an influx of travelers going through the airport in the past few days, many of whom are Vietnamese who are returning home for Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday.

The airport’s terminals are packed with passengers and seers-off, making them lucrative targets for pickpockets who look to make some extra in the holiday season.

Many pickpockets have been caught in the act of stealing from travelers’ luggage by airport authorities, an airport official said.

“The airport’s aviation safety center has been operating at the highest level of alertness and working with local police forces to timely handle any arising situation,” the official added.

He also advised passengers to take extra care of their belongings while at the airport, while looking out for pickpockets who take advantage of the crowd to carry out their mischief.

Should a passenger witness such mischievous acts, they are to immediately notify airport authorities at the hotlines (+84) 90 696 3759 for domestic terminals or (+84) 90 985 3759 for international terminals.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s southern hub and busiest airport which handled 32 million passengers in 2016.

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