crime

Air France flight attendant arrested for stealing from passengers on flights to Tokyo

18 Comments

A flight attendant with Air France has been arrested after passengers heading to Japan and other parts of Asia lost jewelry and cash from hand baggage while they slept, French officials said Wednesday.

The female cabin crew member was arrested at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport last Sunday and has confessed to theft, a judicial source said, confirming a report in the daily Le Figaro.

According to the newspaper report, the 47-year-old woman went through business passengers' bags on long haul flights out of Paris. She told police that she had committed around 150 thefts since March 2009.

Police were alerted in January after five passengers on a flight to Tokyo lost the equivalent of 4,000 euros ($5,145) in foreign currency.

© Wire reports

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

18 Comments
Login to comment

Sneaky old air-waitress. I'm surprised we don't see more of these reports. I'll bet there's a whole ring of theft throughout the airports and such.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

47-year-old woman went through business passengers’ bags on long haul flights out of Paris.

Who cares about the theft, why was this mutton dressed as lamb allowed to serve on board in the first place?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

guess they were not paying her enough...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Stealing is wrong, and shame on her, but when traveling internationally, it's kind of foolish to stick your money or belongings anywhere other than safely concealed on your person.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So you're not safe in their planes for fear of their safety record and now fear of being ripped off by one of their boiler stewardesses? I think I'll be avoiding Air France like I avoid eating snails.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Thank God finally they found the thief, it has been going on for some time and last i read about such theft was flight from Tokyo to Paris (few months back).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Whoa, I flew Air France last year!

Well, at least she wasn't stealing their underwear, so she's normal, so that must be good I guess.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, the flight attendants will have to fight through my kung fu grip to steal my money.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Robbina Woodess

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Wait until they open their checked baggage...see what's missing then!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Can you believe someone stole a pen from my pocket while I slept? Nice pen, too. One of those expensive ones. Very very low crime. Heinous. I woke up, looked around, and realized that it could have been anybody. Goodbye pen.

Flying. Sheesh.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If this were underwear theft, the J-Police would investigate it.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

47 yr old stewardess?!?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yes. A 47-year-old flight attendant. They aren't allowed to fire them once they reach 25 anymore. (It seems the flight attendants claimed age discrimination or some such nonsense) ;-)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Hey, she needed the money! LOL!

@Klein2- You probably just dropped the pen or left it somewhere.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Na Sarge. It was there, actually in my breast pocket all shiny and clipped in nerd-fashion. I nodded off, woke up, and it was gone. It was not likely a stewardess. It was klepto lady on my right, or secret snoozer pickpocket on my left. What do you do? You can't accuse everybody. I had to finish the flight knowing full well someone was getting away with it. I liked that pen more than they ever did.

You are right about her needing the money though. I guess 150 thefts of say, 200 bucks each is 30 thousand bucks. Still, having a few extra years of income from work and not having a criminal record are worth something too.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Its not whats missing in my baggage be it carry on or checked in that would bother me.............its what they may have added. Anyway the French and the Italians have petty theft and pilfering down to an art form and practice it with a genius like level of expertise. I am almost in admiration. Its something to behold.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

thefts occurred in the business class where passangers are deemed to be richer and with more cash. Of course not to mention that the passengers are more relaxed. If a passenger come checking the overhead compartment some people might take notice but if a flight attendant comes over, she doesn't arouse much suspiscion because its her job to check these items if they are properly stowed...Whats next? A terrorist stewardess?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites