Our report on this made its way to the desk of Gray Security Chairman, Dick Aubin, who sent us a fax October 14 indicating he was "appalled" at the behavior we described. He promised to take action, and did so two weeks later by transferring the entire Gray Security staff working at the desk at JIA responsible for firearms, including their supervisor. In a follow-up fax dated October 26, Aubin urged Hunting Report subscribers who were asked for a bribe and who remember times, dates, names and amounts to get in touch with Gray's Director of Aviation Security, Mike Verne (Editor Note: We will forward here at The Hunting Report). In the future, he says arriving hunters who experience problems should call Verne immediately on his cell phone.
Meanwhile, we also received word from Bert Meintjes, head of aviation security for South African Airways, who said polygraph testing and other steps, were being taken to prevent a recurrence of the problem. Importantly, he says notices are being posted at all firearms counters with contact numbers of SAA Security Operation and Gray Security Management. Almost certainly, these actions have put an end to the bribery scheme at JIA. If it hasn't, get names and dates. And let us know, too.
Still on the subject of airlines, if you plan to fly to South Africa on SAA after February........(continued)