Qantas “confused” with allegations of gang invasion


Qantas plane taking off from Sydney International Airport on May 6, 2021

Qantas plane taking off from Sydney International Airport on May 6, 2021

Qantas said it was “confused” by the allegations that some staff might have been involved in organized crime following Australian media reports that the gang had “broke into” the airline.

The Nine newspaper and 60 Minutes reported Suspicion based on confidential information operations.

Authorities said organized crime groups believed they had invaded Qantas to encourage illegal activity.

Qantas said in a statement that authorities had not expressed concern.

The BBC has contacted Australian authorities for comment on the report.

The Nine newspaper reported that a confidential information operation revealed that up to 150 Qantas staff were involved in the crime. Authorities said they believed it included motorcycle gangs involved in drug imports and other activities.

The report said suspicious misconduct was “serious and a tremendous threat to the Australian border.”

The Nine newspaper said official sources who described the findings could not speak publicly “due to confidentiality requirements.”

The allegations include a motorcycle gangster affiliate who works for Qantas’ Sydney Airport operations and may have recruited criminals to the airline to help import drugs.

Call for an “urgent review”

Commonwealth Labor opposition politicians Kristina Keneally and Catherine King have called for an “urgent review” of Australian airport security in response to the report.

“The unspeakable story of Covid-19 is that not only was the organized crime syndicate adapted, but it prospered during the Covid era, but the Morrison government was in control of airport security throughout.

Qantas said in a statement that the claim was “obstructive.”

“Clearly, none of the Australian law enforcement agencies have informed us of the existence of reports that there may be 150 Qantas employees associated with organized crime. Qantas Group Luke Brahma, Chief Security Officer, said in a statement:

“If any concerns are raised about any of our employees, we will actively support their investigation and take appropriate action,” Brahma said.

The airline said it had written to several agencies, including the Australian Federal Police and the National Crime Intelligence Commission, seeking more details on the report.

Qantas is also the only commercial airline to hold the Australian Border Force’s “Trusted Trader Certification” and that all employees involved in international air cargo must pass conformance and proper testing. Means

“We have not received any reports from the border guard that our employees have failed this exam,” Brahma said.

Nonetheless, the newspaper said in an official source that explained the report, Australian intelligence agencies are at risk that some Qantas staff may undermine public confidence in airlines and border security “supply chain and importance. He said he discovered that he was creating “security vulnerabilities in infrastructure.”

The allegations occurred at a difficult time for Australian state airlines.

The company is heavily affected by the pandemic and announced last month that it would report more than $ 1.5 billion (A $ 2 billion, £ 1.1 billion) annually before tax. Like many other airlines, airlines have cut thousands of people to survive the crisis that has devastated travel.

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