x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Jail for Emirates flight attendant who stole passengers' credit cards

A flight attendant who stole two passengers' credit cards then used them to shop for mobiles is sentenced to six months in prison.

DUBAI // An Emirates Airline flight attendant who stole credit cards from two passengers then used them to shop for mobile phones has been sentenced to six months in prison.

DT, 28, from India, was also fined Dh6,000 and ordered to pay the same amount to the passengers he stole from.

The flight attendant stole from one passenger in business class who handed him his coat. "The next morning I received text messages that my credit cards had been used so I checked my wallet and the cards were gone," said the passenger FG, who called his bank and cancelled the cards.

The attendant also stole from the passenger FJ, who was on a flight arriving from Saudi Arabia last October. He confessed to taking two cards belonging to the passenger after finding them in a cabinet on the plane.

He used the cards to buy a BlackBerry, a Samsung Galaxy S3, and an iPad worth Dh6,449.

The Criminal Court convicted the attendant on a charge of embezzlement. He will be deported after completing his jail term.