In what appears to be a stunning piece of in-flight video detection, a Chinese passenger has been allegedly caught red-handed – or filmed red-handed – stealing money from another passenger’s bag on a flight to Bangkok from Istanbul.
The suspect, said to be aged 45 and a native of Henan province in China, was arrested by Tourist Police at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday after Turkish Airlines flight TK064 arrived at the airport from Istanbul, Thailand’s English-language Bangkok Post reported.
Deputy commander of the Tourist Police Division at the airport, Police Colonel Nitithorn Jintanakanon, said the Chinese passenger faces charges of theft on an aircraft.
The suspect stands accused of stealing EUR 5050 (AUD 7600) plus other foreign cash from the bag of a Danish passenger in the overhead compartment.
The cunning plan came unstuck when a Turkish passenger sitting seven rows behind the Chinese man used a mobile phone to record the suspect apparently stealing the money. The Turk then alerted cabin crew to what had happened.
Investigating police in Bangkok found the suspect’s return ticket to Istanbul, on the same airline, was scheduled for the following day – Tuesday, the Bangkok Post reported.
That gives rise to suspicions the suspect planned to leave Bangkok as soon as possible to avoid arrest.
It certainly serves as a reminder to keep your valuables secure, especially when going to an aircraft toilet or having an in-flight snooze.
Written by Peter Needham