Take care on overnight flights and while in the lavatory - Theft on board flights rise in Asia

Photo credit: Qatar Airways

Theft on board airplanes in mid-flight have become more common in several Asian countries over the past two years, including in Indonesia reported Jakarta Post.
According to daily newspaper Kompas, the latest incident occurred on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, Qatar, to Jakarta last week.
Three hours into the flight, the offenders allegedly opened the overhead compartments when the cabin lights were switched off and most of the passengers were asleep,, removed several bags and began searching through them. When the Qatar Airways plane landed, four bags appeared to have been moved, by two different people allegedly.
It was reported by tribunnews.com that four Chinese citizens, who were allegedly members of a theft syndicate, were being questioned by the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Police on Monday.

According to aviation analysts, airlines are responsible for handling theft cases that occur during their flights.
Separately, a Qatar Airways spokesperson said that there was no official statement yet regarding the case.
In a press release on Tuesday, Garuda Indonesia informed that these offenders were part of a criminal syndicate. The theft itself usually occurred during the night when passengers were asleep or at the lavatory.


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