South African Airways (SAA) has blacklisted a commuter amidst letters that gangs of thieves are operating 30,000 anxiety in the air on its flights.
SAA says there is a suspicion that a abomination syndicate is targeting the route. Three such thefts occurred over as abounding weeks in December, a agent added.
The name and allegiance of the blacklisted commuter accept not been revealed. He was not charged.
Passenger Warren Becker told bounded media that jewellery and $1,800 (£1,300) in banknote was baseborn from his bag while he slept on a flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong aftermost month. A adolescent commuter alerted Mr Becker afterwards seeing the declared thieves abolish his baggage from the aerial alcove and burglarize through it, Traveller24 website reports.
Police boarded the even and agitated out searches on several suspects on landing in Hong Kong, but could not acquisition any of the money, the armpit added.
The witness, who did not ambition to be named, said she doubtable that the money had been handed over to addition abettor on board, who had managed to accord the cat-and-mouse authorities the slip.
In addition of the appear thefts, money was recovered, but the victims were not accommodating to duke it over to badge for affirmation to body a case, according to SAA agent Tlali Tlali.
A pilot for SAA quoted in the bounded Times newspaper, said that if the thefts continued, the airline "might accept to alpha installing added aegis measures on lath such as CCTV cameras," BBC reports.