Beware of pickpockets on flights

A pickpocket stole thousands of pounds worth of cash from business class passengers as they slept on an Air France flight from Tokyo to Paris. Air France cabin crew did not spot the thief at work as he rifled through wallets and handbags during the 12-hour overnight flight.

Passengers woke to find large sums of cash missing. The captain alerted police who met the Boeing 777 jet as it landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday morning, but they were unable to identify the thief.

One passenger told police that about £3,000 in mixed currencies had vanished from her handbag. Five others, who had paid up to £5,000 pounds each for their tickets, said they had also lost thousands in cash.

One passenger told the French news website Le Post: “Most long-haul travellers sleep on overnight flights like this. But at the prices we pay for tickets, you would expect the cabin crew to be watching over us and making sure are belongings are safe.”

Air France said it could not comment on this particular incident. But a spokesman added: “As a general rule a passengers’ belongings in the cabin are their responsibility, while luggage in the hold is the airline’s responsibility.”

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