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Nepal bans airline staff pockets

Security guard at Tribhuvan airport, Nepal (file image)
Officials said there were growing reports of bribe-taking at the airport

Staff at Nepal's main international airport are to be issued with trousers without pockets, in an attempt to wipe out rampant bribe-taking.

The country's anti-corruption body said there had been growing complaints about staff at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport.

A spokesman said trousers without pockets would help the authorities "curb the irregularities".

The move comes after the prime minister of Nepal said corruption was damaging the airport's reputation, AFP reported.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) said it had sent a team to the airport to "observe the growing complaints about the behaviour of airport authorities and workers towards travellers".

"We discovered that the reports were true," spokesman Ishwori Prasad Paudyal told the AFP news agency.

"So we decided that airport officials should be given trousers with no pockets."

He said the Ministry of Civil Aviation had been instructed to put the measure in place as soon as possible.

"We believe this will help curb the irregularities," he said.

The BBC's Nepali service says almost all incidents of petty corruption have been directed at Nepalese travellers rather than tourists.

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