We often heard about thieves during the flight, but we will feel it different when it happened on yourself. it happened to me on 13 June 2018, aboard Jetstar 3K205, Singapore to Jakarta
During the flight I suspected 2 passenger whose seated on 17D and 11C, while I was seated on 16D. They acted quite odd and strange like they were coordinating. The 17D guy then stand and open the overhead compartment ahead of me where I stored my backpack and apparently my backpack was next to his luggage. He said to me in mandarin that he was grabbing a pen. But I have a very strange feeling about it. I then took my bag to my seat and check it. My Mobile Phone is there , my wallet is there, but when I opened my wallet, it seems my $SGD have gone, and I remembered exactly where I put it. Rupiah was still there. Only SGD he took.
I then decided to talk to the Flight Attendant named Devin who immediately convey the message to the Flight Manager named Lena, I mentioned exactly that I suspected 11C and 17D. Minutes later he came back and apparently someone also suspected the guy on 11C. He has been opening several bags which made this other passenger curious. Based on the testimony, he avoided taking Tablet, mobile anything that can be proven or easily tracked if they got caught. That’s why they were thinking only to take the cash.
Upon landing the Captain ordered all passenger to remain seated while me, the other witness and the suspects are being escorted out the aircraft. Avsec then searched them and found several currencies like Dirham, Reyal, RMB, and even Brazillian currency. Also they found clippers and pedicure devices on both suspects (don’t know how it could get past Changi’s security), but we have not find the money. Finally the Crewand Avsec decided to disembark the passengers and we look more thorough including the lavatory bins. Surprisingly Avsec then found the money, being folded using emergency instruction card underneath the 11C seat. It was clear they worked together and 17D passed it to 11C to avoid detection. But when they were being searched they did not have the time for discard the money.
During the investigation they keep on saying that they don’t know each other, but it is quite clear that they knew each other and they always communicating even in the interrogation room, before they were separated. They also have tickets to Srilanka, Hongkong, Cambodia, which were odd. Avsec said that this has happened quite many times, but usually on long haul flights, not on short ones.
At the end the Avsec and Immigration Officers took over the case and will take care of this matters.
I would like to thank all the flight crew of Jetstar Asia 3K205 on 13 June, Indonesian Immigration and Avsec for capturing those culprits. Hopefully they will be deported, blacklisted and not get into Indonesia again. I would like to thank also the passenger of 3K205 who were patience enough for being delayed to disembark.
For all friends, always be careful and always put your valuables close to you, even maybe on your body. Always be on guard and be suspicious, if someone opening your overhead compartment.
Here all several photos taken during the investigation.
Safe travel. Thanks