Air Canada coming under criticism over video showing baggage being dropped

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TORONTO — Air Canada is apologizing after a video apparently showing a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media.

The video, taken by a passenger on board a plane and posted Thursday to YouTube, captures a worker dropping bags from a boarding gate to a luggage bin below.

Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah says in an email the “totally unacceptable” incident took place at Toronto’s Pearson Airport that day.

She says the actions “clearly contravened” the airline’s baggage-handling rules.

Mah says the airline is trying to identify the baggage handler and the person --quote -- “will be terminated pending the outcome of our investigation.”

Mah added that company procedures call for gate-checked luggage to be carried to planes by hand.

The video has stirred up a wide range of comments both on YouTube and Twitter, with some people lambasting Air Canada and saying they won’t fly on the airline again.

“And people wonder why no one likes Air Canada,” one remarked on the video-sharing site.

“#AirCanada - Where we see your luggage take flight,” said a Twitter user.

“So this is why my shampoo always ends up all over my clothing,” tweeted another.

Others were more charitable saying the airline should not be judged by the actions of one baggage handler.

“It is the employer’s fault for making humans work like an animal to handle heavy bags,” one YouTuber commented.

Organizations: Air Canada, Pearson Airport

Geographic location: Toronto

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  • Tina Gowing
    April 21, 2014 - 09:13

    No airline is innocent of this. The fact that someone was caught should serve to bring this issue to light and improve service at all airlines. One employee should not be the scapegoat. A weakness in staff performances indicates a weakness elsewhere higher up...

    • noodle
      April 23, 2014 - 09:20

      Well said! No question it happens at all airlines - who hasn't checked in their suitcase only to pick it up at the other end of the trip full of scratches, scuffs and all manner of dents and tears.