Half the baggage conveyor belts at St. Thomas’s King Airport have been inoperative since late January. That means only one is working. That also means there has been near-chaos on busy Saturdays during the season, when various airlines, simultaneously, have just landed flights and are trying to off load suitcases and people. On those days, as many as 9 flights arrive within an hour of each other.
Desperate passengers have been seen climbing through openings above the belt to the other side to try to offload their own bags from the airline’s carts, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News. "It has passengers literally climbing all over each other and employees getting verbally assaulted, said Joanne Bohr, manager of cargo, ramp and passenger services, for Worldwide Flight Services.