Nepal bans pockets for airline staff in an attempt to decrease bribe-taking

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.

We discovered that the reports [of corruption] were true. So we decided that airport officials should be given trousers with no pockets. ”

— spokesman Ishwori Prasad Paudyal