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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Air France stewardess accused of spate of thefts from business class

An Air France stewardess has been arrested after stealing jewelry, cash and credit cards from hand luggage of 150 business class passengers while they slept, say officials.

French prosecutors opened a case file on Sunday, two days after the cabin crew member was arrested at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and confessed to theft, a judicial official said, confirming a report in the daily Le Figaro.

According to the newspaper report, the 47-year-old stewardess went through business passengers' bags on long haul flights from Paris to Asia, mostly to Japan.

She committed around 150 thefts from March 2009, a theft spree she attributed to "financial problems".

Police were alerted in January after five passengers on a flight to Tokyo lost the equivalent of 4000 euros ($A5964) in foreign currency.

"The dishonest employee was gradually identified by examining passenger listings on flights where thefts were committed," Le Figaro quoted a police source as saying.

The stewardess was also the subject of internal discipline due to reliability problems, the newspaper reported.

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