Travel Trouble

Tue, 23 Oct, 2018Jim Mitchell

Emirates flight attendant accused of stealing $7000 from passengers

Emirates flight attendant accused of stealing $7000 from passengers

Emirates Airlines has hit the headlines again, but for all the wrong reasons. It has seen several alleged thefts on its flights, and in the latest incident, a 37-year-old Egyptian flight attendant has been accused of stealing over $AU7000 from three brothers who were flying from Thailand to Dubai in June.

The men were travelling in business class when they left their valuables behind to tend to their sick father during the flight, according to Gulf News.

“My brothers and I went to check on my father,” one of the brothers told prosecutors during the current court case of the stolen money valued at 18,100 Emirati dirhams.

“When we returned to our seats, I discovered that Dh 3700 ($AU1423) were missing from my wallet. My brothers also discovered that Dh 14,800 ($AU5692) in dollars and dirhams were missing from their wallets,” he said.

“We alerted the cabin supervisor who took us to the business class galley and took photos of the money that wasn’t stolen from our wallets. These had serial numbers that were in sequential order with the stolen banknotes.

“When the plane landed, police took our belongings to examine the fingerprints and they searched the plane, but the money wasn’t recovered.”

The flight attendant’s fingerprints matched those on the brothers’ wallets but during proceedings at the Dubai Court of First Instance, the man pleaded not guilty, stating, “That did not happen." 

But according to Gulf News, an investigating policeman told prosecutors that the Emirates flight attendant had admitted his guilt when he was discovered that his fingerprints matched.

According to The New Zealand Herald, last year, an Auckland couple alleged that they had €2674 ($AU4334) stolen from their hand luggage from the First Class cabin of an Emirates flight from Paris to Dubai.

And in 2016, a Chinese man was arrested for theft for allegedly stealing almost 500,000 Thai baht (AU$2154) on an Emirates flight, reports the Bangkok Post.

Have you ever had anything stolen on a flight before? Tell us in the comments below.