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Lucie R, 47-year old Air France flight attendant dubbed as “Mile High Pickpocket“, is facing ten years in prison after admitting stealing from business class passengers as they slept on long-haul flights typically on flight from France to far east countries. She was finally arrested when she got off a Tokyo to Paris flight at 4.30am (local time)  last Friday.

‘It would all go missing on the routes she was working on,’ said a source close to investigators, who looked at 142 flights taken by the woman, who is married with children.

‘She knew that many of the passengers would fall asleep following a large meal and lots of alcohol.

‘This is the time that she would start rifling through their property, helping herself to whatever she could find.’

[Daily Mail]

 

She would steal credit cards, designer jewellery and cash as the passengers would fall asleep after having alcohol and big meal. The racket seemed to have been successful for her as despite her $61,000 annual salary, she would  regularly turned up for work in a top-of-the-range sports car and was buying plush apartments close to the airports where she worked.

Have you guys ever had any theft on flights? I have never seen or heard one before!

[Mizozo.com]

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Sleeping on a flight is difficult for most of us especially due to turbulence, engine noise, passenger noise, etc. But not for this British professor who kept on sleeping till the place was towed into the hanger.

After 24 hours of no sleep, 31-year old Kris Lines, a self-admitted heavy-sleeping British professor of Staffordshire University,was flying from Calgary to Vancouver on Air Canada Flight No. 8229  when he dozed off. When he woke up, he was surprised to find himself in a a Hangar at Vancouver International Airport. It seems like no one bothered about the sleeping passenger in the back seat and he kept on sleeping 90 minutes after the flight had landed. He was flying from London’s Heathrow Airport to Vancouver via Calgary.

 

“It’s absolute craziness,” said the 31-year-old, who is head of sports law at Staffordshire University.

“The last thing I remember was taking off from Calgary. I knew I was safely on board and there was no further destinations and it was all good,” Lines added.

“Somebody would wake me up at the end.”

“I’m a heavy sleeper, so I drank Coca-Cola on the transatlantic leg to help stay awake,” said Lines, speaking from his home in England. “I hadn’t been drinking alcohol.”

“I’d been up for about 24 hours,” he explained.

Lines said that when the Vancouver mechanic woke him, he was disoriented and in a rush to grab his bags and jacket and get off the plane.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry. You should have got off an hour-and-a-half ago,’ ” Lines recalled.

“They took me off the plane down the steps into a hangar, took me into a room, photocopied my boarding pass and said, ‘This sort of thing shouldn’t be happening. Somebody’s neck’s going to be on the line for this.'”

“If I’d been a vulnerable passenger, a young girl or elderly, it could have been a lot worse,” he added. “The other implication is that if I was a terrorist, then I’ve got an hour-and-a-half after the plane’s landed, all by myself, in a secure area on a plane.”

Source: www.montrealgazette.com

 

The airline did acknowledge the problem but did mention that the flight attendants were very busy with the high number of wheelchair requirements on the flight.

As a gesture of goodwill, Air Canada offered Lines a one time 20% off on upto 4 tickets.

The story leaves one aspect of the story – it fails to acknowledge the pilots who flew and landed the flight.

From Mizozo.com

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FlighGlobal blogger was sent this picture  by a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight.

From FlightGlobal via Mizozo

This is sent to me with the absolute assurance that it’s a genuine picture taken by a flight attendant at American Airlines. The F/A took it to show her manager what was happening on the aircraft (757???) and why she was unhappy about it. Seems the guy paid for only one seat and the gate staff let him board.

You can see the F/A’s point of view – how the heck is s(he) supposed to deal with it. Sympathise with the guy or not, he’s a major safety hazard in an evacuation, a gross inconvenience for the cabin crew, and I would suggest a totally unacceptable travelling companion for the guy next to him.

I don’t know what the actual outcome was but it seems unimaginable that he was allowed to fly in the end. Not that anything on a commercial airline is actually unimaginable, but close anyway.

Maybe an airline that sells tickets by the pound is not a bad idea! I know that a lot of airlines make passengers buy 2 seats in case they are too fat. I think they should have done the same for this guy. Obviously I can imagine three people on the flight that were very angry –

– The two flight attendants in the cabin class

– The passenger seated next to our John “Fat” Doe

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Starting June 1st 2009, American Airlines will go cashless for all its domestic flights and flight to/from Hawaii, Alaska and Canada.

American Airlines (like other airlines) offers the following for sale –

  • headsets
  • meals
  • snacks
  • alcoholic beverages

“We believe that, by moving to a cashless
cabin, the transaction process is more convenient for both our
customers and flight attendants,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s Vice
President – Onboard Service.

Flight attendants utilize a hand-held Onboard Sales Recorder to
charge credit and debit cards, eliminating the need to search for small
bills or change. American, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, has used these hand-held devices since May 2006. Receipts will be provided to passengers upon request.

Cashless cabins will not be implemented onboard American Eagle and
AmericanConnection flights – only cash will continue to be accepted
onboard those flights, just as it is today. (from here)

I personally think that it is a BAD decision on American Airlines’ part. The biggest gripe is for international travelers traveling on domestic flights (after arriving to US) – what if they don’t have a credit card that works?

How about selling coupons on the counters for cash as well?

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I am one of those people who would normally get on a flight, exchange the usual smile and hello and then go straight to my seat paying little or no attention to the announcements or safety briefings by the flight attendants and the crew. My only interaction with the flight attendants come when they ask for choice of beverage or food or if I get an exit seat and I say “yes” to whatever!

Since flight 1549 crash landed in Hudson river, I have taken 4 flights (2 were with US Airways) with the last one being exceptionally turbulent. All the four flights I made sure to hear my flight attendants on their safety briefing, made sure to keep the seat belt on and tight and kept looking through the window to look for birds :).

Though I think the chance of having a similar event is very small, but still my advice to everyone – Pay Attention!

(I am adding two more categories – safety and flight attendants to my blog :))

Thanks.

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