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Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:09 am

I was wondering if any of you have lost any items stored in the overhead bins. My friend who flew BLR-SIN-LAX on SQ was telling me that he lost his MP3 player which was kept in the front zipper of his backpack during the BLR-SIN sector. When he opened his backpack to get his player out after 2 hours in the air, he realized it was missing. He complained to the onboard FA's and later at the airport but to no use. The FA's on-board simply said that they can't physically search the bags of all the passengers sitting around him. The airport staff just couldn't help him. My unlucky friend was in the middle of a totally weird situation.

Have any of you gone through or heard of similar incidents?
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:59 am

Im Aware of only this one.
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:37 am

That is an interesting point. I thought of it many times, but on my 700+ commercial flights it never happened to me, and I actually never heard that it happened to someone else.

My solution is that I fly with a pilot case, which has only one compartment and can be locked with a 3-digit code.

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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:52 am

Have seen this once on an Intl flight (iPod went "missing" during trans-Atl redeye), twice on US domestic. Luckily not to me.

The last one on US domestic ended up (on arrival) with the victim chasing her seatmate who she suspected, airport cops intervened and recovered the phone, credit cards and cash.... In all 3 cases airline staff were utterly unhelpful....

Ever since I zip up valuables and keep them close by.
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:58 am

Yeah, that's always a bit of a concern, I sometimes lock the main compartment of my carryon with a little padlock and leave all the electronics in there. Wallet stays in my pocket, always.
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:35 am

Loss or "theft" on board is quite common, particularly of duty free items.

I remember a case a few years ago where (I think it was Air Canada) had to compensate a woman for the loss of a leather jacket that was in the overhead locker and went missing

This is one of the risks associated with passengers who store their carry-ons in positions other than directly above their own seat - something that in fact aggravates me as I never quite know what someone else has in their bage - leaking bottles etc.

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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:42 pm

Just thinking out loud here but is he sure that he had the player before he boarded the plane? Could it have been stolen before the flight in the terminal? I've herd stories of passengers getting their carry on bags etc stolen while in the terminal....


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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:56 pm

That sucks. He should have asked around (maybe with the help of the FAs) if anyone has seen someone take something from his bag.

But I understand... someone stole my cell on a bus once, and you dont make right decisions in these situations.

[Edited 2006-01-18 15:23:32]
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:11 pm

I have heard about some people who book red eye flights and during flight when almost everyone is sleeping they go into the overhead compartments to steal things. They especially watch for people who put their laptops back into their carry on's before they go to sleep.

Moral of the story, lock your carry on's
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:48 pm

I had a wallet stolen on a TWA flight from SEA to STL when back in the early 90s.

I boarded a flight. Took off my coat and placed my wallet on my coat (in a middle seat between two passengers) for a second while I put something up on an overhead bin. I turned around, and the wallet was gone.

I searched all over and could not find it. I asked the flight attendants to make announcements, which they did. I felt like the only two people who could have taken the wallet sat on either side of me for the entire flight. Both denied seeing my wallet.

I connected in STL for CLE. I put in a lost possession report with TWA. They found the wallet in an STL airport ashtray.... All contents were in there minus the $40 I had in my wallet.

So... the moral of the story goes... maintain control of your possessions... and you should never underestimate how bold some folks will be to steal.
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:59 am

Bizarre story this.. I fell asleep once on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight from CMB to DXB, in business class. I had listened to my disk-man earlier (this was pre-iPod, clearly) and had a few CD's lying in the seat next to me. When i woke up they were gone and when I was looking for them some Sri Lankan guys (they were non-working crew) sitting across the aisle told me that, while I was sleeping, some other business class passenger had taken them.

I couldnt believe my ears, but I walked over and told him to give me back my CDs, but he denied having them. I didnt want to start some shouting match, alerted the crew, and eventually the captain had to come to convince the guy to cough up my CDs.. Reluctantly he did, eventually.

When we landed he made sure to stay out of my way and deplaned at the very back in economy, which was probably a good thing..

(The other bizarre thing on the flight was that I had an economy ticket, but upon boarding the purser immediately offered me a business-class seat. "Sir, there is much more space for you there!"... Strange, but I gladly took it)
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:42 am

In 1984 I was on an early morning flight from Riga to (then) Leningrad on an Aeroflot Tu-134. I had not slept the night before, instead I had had a lot to drink...  drunk  I don't know why, but I placed my Pentax K1000 in the bin above my seat and promptly passed out...  yawn  Upon waking on the ground in Leningrad, I was the last person on board, and my camera was gone...  embarrassed  Those pesky Soviets...  redflag 
I don't regret losing the camera as much as I regret losing my photos...  sigh 
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:21 am

I was on a direct TWA flight that made a stop in St. Louis. I had my camera bag underneath my seat, instead of under the seat in front of me. (Yes, I know that was wrong. I made a really dumb mistake.) The woman behind me was apparently senile, she was talking throughout the whole flight about how she was on the wrong plane and other nonsense, and she spent a long time trying to find her stuff after we landed. After all passengers deplaned, I reached below my seat and the camera bag, of course, was gone. I told a F/A and she pointed out that I'm not supposed to put bags underneath my seat. (Yes, I know.) She agreed the senile woman probably took it by mistake and I would have to file a claim after reaching my destination.

After the door closed, a F/A came running down the aisle at top speed and handed me my camera bag. Whew!! I was an idiot, but I got lucky, and the TWA people did a great job of retrieving my bag.
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:41 am

Quoting Rolfen (Reply 7):
Just thinking out loud here but is he sure that he had the player before he boarded the plane? Could it have been stolen before the flight in the terminal? I've herd stories of passengers getting their carry on bags etc stolen while in the terminal....

Yes, he had the player before he boarded the plane. I contacted him and he said he clearly remembered putting the player in the front zipper.
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:51 am

Last flight on CO coming back from Europe, I had 3 DVDs stolen out of a checked bag. I called CO customer service, provided proof I bought the DVDs (receipt from Best Buy) and received credit to replace them. Shrek, Mission Impossible, and Chocolat were stolen. I only replaced Chocolat!  Smile

Petty theft... Sad
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:58 am

My mother had a pair of diamond earrings stolen right off her ears when she was sleeping aboard a PIA flight from Dacca to Rome. This was back in 1968 mind you, but she thought is was the safest place to keep them; on her ears.

Naturally, nobody sitting around her saw a thing...
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:00 am

I lost my camera travelling HAN-HKG-LAX-IAD. It might have been during the flight, but also walking through the airport. I don't know exactly. Didn't realize it until I got home, but yes, it does happen. I would suggest keeping your valuable belongings on you. Even under the seat in front of you, the passenger sitting in front of you could easily bend down and get it. Otherwise, lock it...
 
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:39 am

I got my passport stolen inside a plane!!

I was flying from DFW to BOS going back to college after Christmas and I slept for the whole flight which is almost 4 hours, During the flight someone opened my back pack and stole my wallet, passport and visa, too bad they don´t have surveillance cameras on board.
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RE: Theft In The Air!

Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:44 am

Yeah, my bag was stolen at LAX once. I saw it come out at the carousel, but a man picked it up. I walked towards this guy, but with LAX to busy, he was easily gone. I had my name on it with string tied around it to distinguish it from the others, so I know it wasn't a mistake.
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