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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Baggage handlers are forced to manually sort passengers’ luggage at Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday after the automated baggage handling system crashed at 6:10am, causing delays to outbound flights and delays in arriving passengers being able to collect their luggage.

Photo: Yao Chieh-hsiu, Taipei Times

AVIATION

Baggage blooper at airport

The baggage handling system at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was out of action for two hours yesterday, affecting 43 flights scheduled to arrive or take off in the morning. Taoyuan International Airport Corp said the system was found to be unable to process baggage information at 6:10am. The system resumed normal operations again at 8:15am after the company fixed the problem. The company estimated that a total of 43 flights were affected by the incident. “We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the incident, and will enhance our maintenance and management of the baggage carousel systems in the future,” the airport said in a statement.

DIPLOMACY

Wu Den-yih to visit Vatican

Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is scheduled to leave for the Holy See this weekend to represent the nation at the canonizations of pope John Paul II and pope John XXIII on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. On behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Wu is to present Pope Francis with a portrait of the Holy See painted by Taiwanese artist Liang Dan-feng (梁丹丰), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Shih (史亞平) said. Wu is to meet with Taiwanese priests posted at the Vatican, Taiwanese expatriates living there and foreign priests who have previously worked in Taiwan, before returning home on Wednesday next week, Shih said. The visit will mark the nation’s second official delegation to the Vatican since Ma took office in 2008. Ma visited the Vatican last year to attend the inauguration of Pope Francis, an event that Shih said highlights the 73-year friendship between the nations.

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