Airport workers ‘in danger’ from playing of road tennis

Employees at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) are calling on airport management to act decisively to put a stop to the playing of road tennis in the workers’ car park by residents of surrounding communities.

The workers complain that the practice places them and the airport at risk, and must end immediately.

“We were issued with passes to enter the car park provided for us, but these unknown persons who play road tennis there are doing it without let or hindrance. In addition to breaking into our vehicle, the criminal element among them can assault us as we leave work at night,” one employee told Barbados TODAY.

“We see it as a breach of security, but the big question is, why aren’t the security personnel seeing it in that light? Who is there to stop a player from passing on contraband to a departing passenger? There is only wire fence that separates the tennis players from passengers boarding or disembarking from flights,” added the airport worker, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, with the sport attracting scores of spectators, it could prove to be a perfect cover for criminals, leaving the airport operations vulnerable.

He said an open space to the west of the airport could be used for road tennis without presenting a threat to security, as could space near the Rubis gas station at the entrance to the main car park.            

Neither GAIA Communication Specialist Keith Goddard, nor the Operations Manager could be reached for a comment on the matter. 

20 Responses to Airport workers ‘in danger’ from playing of road tennis

  1. Ann Christine Forte
    Ann Christine Forte April 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Julie Howard, oh loss now. Giving the sport a bad name.

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  2. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love April 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Are Bajans that stupid to enter an airport car park and play tennis?

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    • Diane Elaine Dias
      Diane Elaine Dias April 14, 2017 at 6:20 am

      More stupid than that. Or as I like to say ” stupider than that”.

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    • Eleanor Harewood
      Eleanor Harewood April 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

      I think thats a real bad idea, business is conducted there , I don’t see why any one in their right mind will do something like that.

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  3. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis April 14, 2017 at 6:16 am

    What is security there for?

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    • Yvette Belgrave
      Yvette Belgrave April 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

      What is common sense for?

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    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis April 14, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Yvette Belgrave to use when you people without playing road tennis in a airport parking lot.

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    • Yvette Belgrave
      Yvette Belgrave April 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

      But Daniel these people should know better. A car park was created with a particular use in mind. By marking out the court you change its use. But do you have permission? Is it yours? Would you want someone to do it to you? Sometimes we humans don’t think. If you are not careful they would soon be on the runway.

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    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis April 14, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Yvette Belgrave your preaching to the choir sister, but if everyone used common sense and respected others property , we wouldnt have the need for security, there is even a Police detachment at the airport…..what if they werent there to play road tennis, but to steal or worse commit violence or place explosives…the world is now a dangerous place Barbados needs to adjust to meet evolving threats….we are an island yes…but there are those groups that seek to cause fear globally. GAIA would be a perfect target due to the number of International visitors. you may stupses at the premise but better safe than sorry. Airport property should be secure 24/7 with controlled access.

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    • Yvette Belgrave
      Yvette Belgrave April 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

      On point there Daniel. Maybe they should get some tips from the port. Security is tight there.

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    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis April 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Yvette Belgrave good guys have to get it right everytime, Bad Guys only have to get it right once.

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  4. Tony Waterman April 14, 2017 at 6:23 am

    @Buddy Love!!!! Is that not what the Article is about, or are you NOT comprehending what you are Reading???????smh

    anyway!!!The Answer must be YES they are That Stupid, and please include the Authorities that allow them to do it, where else in the World Today would this be allowed to happen????

    Only In Barbados.

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  5. Shamin Ally April 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

    What madness is this now???? Airports.and perimeters thereof are secured worldwide, and we claim to have an international airport, why isn’t the complete property secured??? But….we r a reactive rather than proactive society, something serious would have to happen first before action is taken….SMH

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  6. Rose Joie
    Rose Joie April 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    ohhhhhhhhhhh? in an INTERNATIONAL airport???????????

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  7. Shawn Brathwaite
    Shawn Brathwaite April 14, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I work there and I could not believe where I saw the road tennis courts painted. The person was either drunk or dumb

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  8. Omar Watson April 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Stupse dem mekking sport. Use de damn runway were there is less traffic guys smh

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  9. Georgia Gittens
    Georgia Gittens April 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Don’t blame the person that paint it, were was Security ?.

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  10. Donild Trimp April 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

    As I stated before, Barbados operates just like a banana republic.

    There is an entitlement mentality in Barbados among certain people and it is the people in positions of authority who allows this lawlessness to fester where it is now at the point of no return.

    People building houses on vacant land space owned by the Gov’t without permission, people driving unregistered cars on the public roads, people using free water to run their own business, people running a business in and on Gov’t property for years and refusing to pay rent – and on and on and on the lawlessness continues –

    I travel all over the world and I cannot recall where the parking lot at any airport is allowed to be used willy nilly with unfettered access by the populace for non-airport business.

    The only similarity I can come up with is where the parking lots at baseball games are allowed for tailgate parties.

    @Buddy Love – you asked the following question, “Are Bajans that stupid to enter an airport car park and play tennis”?

    The answer is yes. They are stupid and lawless and let me add this, the people who run things in Barbados are a bunch of “educated fools”.

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  11. Milli Watt April 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    resign and come back as a road tennis player…….they seem to have more access

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  12. Observer April 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Only in Barbados people get away with stupid stuff like that, what the hell is those robo cops doing

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