The Fate of Confiscated Goods at Yogyakarta Adisutjipto Airport

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  • The demolition of confiscated goods at Adisutjipto Airport Yogyakarta. TEMPO/Muh. Syaifullah

    The demolition of confiscated goods at Adisutjipto Airport Yogyakarta. TEMPO/Muh. Syaifullah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Airports have long enforced carry-on luggage restrictions. Among many items, the three most notable and obvious ones banned are gas lighters, scissors, and power banks.

    Often the items listed above will be confiscated in the last airport security gate prior to boarding a plane. They will then be thrown into a basket nearby, but where do those hundreds or thousands confiscated goods go?

    Today, state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I at the Adisutjipto International Airport Yogyakarta demolished thousands of items that had been seized since January this year. 

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    There are two ways to destroy the items. Power banks are drowned into a water-filled tank while lighters, gels, toothpaste, scissors, and sharp objects get burned to ashes.

    “There have been 2,779 confiscated goods that we destroyed that were collected from January to April of 2019,” said M. Nazir, Airport Safety and Security senior manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Adisutjipto Yogyakarta Airport.

    In total, there were 1,362 dangerous items such as scissors, knives, and screwdrivers; 974 dangerous goods that included gas lighters and wooden matches; 117 liquid, aerosols, and gel (LAGs); and 326 power banks that had the capacity exceeding 32 thousand mAH, while anything below would need clearance from security personnel. 

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    The items confiscated from passengers can be reclaimed, except for goods that contain criminal elements. Goods that are not claimed within one month after confiscation will be destroyed.

    MUH SYAIFULLAH (CONTRIBUTOR)