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Baggage handler to be fired: airline

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TORONTO — Air Canada is apologizing after a video apparently showing a baggage handler dropping luggage from 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 "will be terminated pending the outcome of our investigation."

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

The video has stirred up a wide range of comments 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 person remarked on YouTube, a 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.

— The Canadian Press

 

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