An Emirates crew member has been accused of stealing $7000 from passengers on a flight from Bangkok to Dubai. The alleged robbery happened mid-air in the business class section in June according to court records.

According to Gulf News, three brothers had left their belonging at their seat and went to their dad’s seat because he had fallen sick during the flight. When the men came back to theirm seats they had found $7080 mixed currency of dollars and Emirati dirhams were taken out.

This is what the 3 brothers said to Gulf News

“My brothers and I went to check on my father. When we returned to our seats, I discovered that Dh 3700 ($AU1416) was missing from my wallet. My brothers also discovered that Dh 14,800 ($AU5665) in dollars and dirhams were missing from their wallets.

“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.”

An Egyptian man who was a flight attendant on the flight was charged with theft after the police found his fingerprints on one of the men’s wallet. On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty on a court in Dubai.

This isn’t the first time that passengers have been robbed on an Emirates flight. Just last year, a couple from New Zealand had lost nearly $4360 on a first class flight from Paris to Dubai on Emirates. The passengers had left their money, which was in euros, in their carry-on luggage while they went to the in-flight bar for 45 minutes. They came back to find the money stolen.

When the plane had landed, security photographed passports go the passengers on the flight and searched for any sign of one being stolen with no results found.

“[Security officers] asked if we suspected anybody. We said we wouldn’t have a clue,” the passengers told the New Zealand Herald. 

Travel blog One Mile At A Time has reported that passengers who have booked a flight with quick transit in the middle east have a higher chance of getting their valuables stolen mid-air, especially in economy class.

Featured image by Alec Mollenhauer 

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