A man traveling onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH751 from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur reports that a passenger in the business class cabin took his laptop bag and began removing money from it. He says flight attendants tell him this is a common scam.
After putting in my laptop bag in my designated overhead cabin, I settled in my seat on the 2nd row, minding my own business. One of my partners who sat behind me noticed a fellow passenger taking my bag which he brought to his seat on the 4th row. My partner alerted me to check on my bag and true enough it was gone.
I went to the man’s seat and caught him off guard going through my bag and his left hand holding some of my foreign notes currency (EURO and USD, which I am 100% sure are mine), looking like he was about to keep them in his pocket.
There are occasional stories of passengers stealing from others’ carry on bags, usually this happens during long international flights when the cabin is dark and many passengers are asleep. Here is happened on the ground prior to departure.
What’s concerning is that “the crew informed us, there is a syndicate that has been conducting this modus operandi on China, Hong Kong and Vietnam flights.”
Here’s video of the perpetrator being put off the aircraft.
Don’t put your most important items such as money and passports in the overhead bin if you can avoid it. Not every seat allows bags at your feet, but computers should go there at least during flight and check that everything is in place immediately once it’s been out of your sight.
TSA screeners steal from passengers at checkpoints. Baggage handlers steal from checked bags. oneworld’s head of finance allegedly stole $2.2 million. And a former Miss USA stole noise cancelling headphones. So why not passengers stealing from each others’ carry on bags?