You might be surprised to hear that even in the confined space of an airplane, thefts still do occur.
In a recent case reported out of Singapore, two men onboard a flight to Jakarta were apprehended after being suspected of stealing cash from fellow passengers mid-flight.
These cases are known as in-flight, or mid-flight thefts, and while airlines don’t advertising the fact, they’re not as rare as you may think.
The perpetrators are often part of criminal syndicates and they work in pairs or groups to keep from getting discovered.
While staying alert is important, there are also tips you can heed to ensure you don’t fall victim to such crimes.
1. Keep cash and valuables close to you at all times
Keep your valuables such as cash, your ID and passport, and jewellery in a small bag that you can place under the seat in front of you.
Rest your feet on your bag to make sure no one gets close to it, and bring this bag with you whenever you leave your seat.
It takes just a few seconds for experienced thieves to swipe your bag so never give them the opportunity by leaving it unattended.
2. Label your bag
Make sure your bag is easily identifiable so thieves can’t just switch it out with a similar looking bag.
This is especially important if you have a black, nondescript bag. For example, you can sew a patch on it or write your initials on the bag.
There are many other pre-flight steps you can take to ease your jitters before flying.
3. Stow your carry-on bag where you can see it
When placing your bag in the overhead compartment, make sure it’s right above or across from your seat so you can keep an eye on it at all times.
To ensure you get prime real estate, try to board the flight early.
Find out what to do with your hand luggage in case of emergency.