Passengers on a recent South African Airways flight reported to cabin crew that their belongings had been stolen during the course of the journey from Johannesburg to Hong Kong. Flight crew contacted local police, who searched the plane upon arrival. The goods were recovered and suspects released.
A South African Airways flight was searched upon landing in Hong Kong after a number of passengers claimed that their belongings had been stolen from the plane’s overhead bin compartments while they slept, TravelMole reports.
The alleged thefts took place onboard South African Airways Flight 286 last week. Tlali Tlali, a spokesperson for the airline, offered comment on the incident to South Africa’s TimesLIVE outlet, saying that during the course of the flight from Johannesburg, “two passengers approached our crew complaining that they had lost their valuables (money and a watch).”
“One of the complainants was able to point out a few passengers who had behaved in a suspicious manner in the cabin and who were seen opening some overhead compartments while other passengers were sleeping,” Tlali added.
The flight’s crew made contact with authorities on the ground in Hong Kong and local police then entered the craft upon landing. Further explaining the situation, Tlali said, “The rest of the passengers disembarked and suspects identified were ordered to remain in the aircraft and were searched by the police in Hong Kong.”
The suspects, Tlali hastened to add, were released as, “nothing was found [on] them during the search.” The missing items, he explained, were also eventually located.
“The items complained of were however recovered by the cleaning staff as they cleaned the aircraft…and were found on…the seats in the same cabin. The [items] was returned to the complainants,” Tlali said.
According to the outlet, Tlali also confirmed that the carrier, “…would not hesitate to impose a ban on any passengers who were reported to have breached its conditions of carriage as they formed part of the rights and responsibilities between the airline and its customers.”