Credit cards 'stolen by Air France stewardess'

An Air France stewardess has been arrested after passengers reported having jewellery, cash and credit cards stolen from their hand luggage while they slept.

According to a report in French newspaper Le Figaro, the 47-year-old cabin crew member confessed to theft after being arrested at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

The stewardess is thought to have gone through business passengers’ bags on 142 long haul flights out of Paris. Police were first alerted to the crime back in January when five passengers on a flight to Tokyo lost the equivalent of about US$10,000 in foreign currency.

It prompted a six-month long investigation as detectives were forced to cross-check cabin crew rosters with further theft reports.

The accused was found to have a bank safe-deposit box full of jewellery, credit cards, cash, blank cheques and travellers’ cheques at her home, Le Figaro said.

The news may interest Aussies looking to compare credit cards in search of the best safety features. Earlier this week, Lloyd Borrett of security software provider AVG noted that almost $1 billion is lost each year in scams and frauds which affect about six million Australians.

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