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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Emirates flight attendant not guilty of stealing cash from passengers

Cabin crew member was accused of taking money while two Emirati brothers went to the aid of their ill father

A flight attendant accused of stealing cash from two passengers has been cleared of the charge at court in Dubai.  Rafael Marchante / Reuters
A flight attendant accused of stealing cash from two passengers has been cleared of the charge at court in Dubai.  Rafael Marchante / Reuters

An Emirates flight attendant accused of stealing cash from two passengers when they went to the aid of their ill father has been found not guilty.

The 37-year-old crew member was charged with taking Dh9,000 and another $2,600 from the wallets of two Emirati brothers after they left their seats unattended during a Dubai-bound flight.

The siblings, 43 and 35, were on board flight EK373 coming from Thailand along with their father and step mother on June 21 of this year.

They said that their father was in Thailand for treatment and fell sick on board the flight while returning to Dubai. They left their seats in economy class and went to check on their father.

When they returned to their seats, they informed the attendants that their wallets had been opened and the cash stolen. They reported the incident to airport police upon landing.

The Egyptian flight attendant was later arrested after a police investigation.

The man denied a theft charge at Dubai Criminal Court and was found not guilty by judges due to a lack of evidence.