PARIS, (Reuters) – French police have arrested an Air France stewardess on suspicion of stealing thousands of euros in cash, cards and jewellery as passengers slept on long haul flights, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Police investigating thefts over several months on flights between France and the Far East picked up the 47-year old attendant identified as Lucie R. after she landed from Tokyo on Friday, Le Figaro said.
“Her bank accounts showed an absurd gap between her lifestyle and her declared income,” the newspaper quoted a police investigator as saying.
Police launched an investigation in January after about 4,000 euros’ ($5,170) was stolen from five passengers. The robber took advantage of sleeping passengers, taking euros, yen, and Swiss francs as well as watches, jewels, credit cards and even cheque books.