Although theft from their passengers is extremely rare, it is happened, according to readers of the BigChilli. In one curious case, a senior Thai businessman told us last year that his wife had lost a considerable amount of money while on a flight from the Middle East.
She suspected a member of the cabin crew after noticing him apparently rearranging her bags when the aircraft lights had been dimmed and she was half-asleep. Later, another reader contacted this magazine and also claimed that he had money stolen on a flight from the Middle East to Hong Kong.
Two different airlines, both based in the Middle East, are involved in the passengers’ allegations. Sometime later, the Thai lady forwarded us a report from the newspaper Gulf News that an Emirates steward had been accused of stealing cash from two passengers – not the people mentioned here. In that case, it was alleged in court that a 37-year-old crew member had stolen Dh9,000 (approx. 72,000 baht) and another $2,600 (approx. 78,000 baht) from the wallets of two Emirati brothers after they left their seats unattended during a Bangkok-Dubai flight.