France: Check Your Jacket, Sir?

The French police have arrested an Air France flight attendant accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in cash, traveler’s checks and jewelry from dozing business-class passengers on dozens of international flights, judicial officials said Tuesday. Authorities arrested the flight attendant on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris early Friday, according to a report in the newspaper Le Figaro. An investigation began in January after five passengers aboard an Air France flight to Paris from Tokyo reported the disappearance of a total of $5,000 in cash.

The police said they identified the suspect, a 47-year-old woman, after cross-checking crew manifests for 142 Air France flights on which passengers had reported thefts this year. They did not disclose her name but said that investigators found stolen checks and credit cards in her home and that she was charged in 26 incidents. Citing “money problems,” she reportedly confessed to stealing from sleeping travelers starting in March 2009. Air France had no comment.

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  1. Unfortunately, there are no police patrols on board of Air France flights.
    The task of keeping order on board was originally thought to be performed by cabin crew members. What about the possibility of a passenger stealing from another passenger? Will the cabin crew act as a police force or will they ask the thief to share the loot with them?


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