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High Flying Thieves on Crime Sprees

On-board burglars keep seatmates on edge

Air TravelersAir TravelersAnd we thought the missing bags were a problem.

Stories abound about items disappearing from checked luggage, so it's safe to keep valuables in your carry-on, right?


Not anymore.

One man found an easy way to make a living - he travelled on more than 200 flights and stole from passengers nearby. His logic? "It's much easier to steal on a plane since people are usually asleep, or watching movies."

You know about road rage, but ever heard of flight rage? Some passengers are taking out anxieties and frustrations on their (un)lucky seatmates. And others threaten everyone on board...

A drunk guy managed to open a door on a moving plane before he was stopped. If this had happened in the air instead of while taxiing, trust me, we'd be more than a little freaked.

Ever have a panic attack in the air? I can imagine this guy's total freak-out unnerved more than a few of his fellow passengers.

Mile-high misbehaving

No matter how smooth your travels, a long flight is still uncomfortable - especially when the "loo" is tied up for lengthy periods:

Passengers on one flight were kept waiting while a man lathered up in the lavatory. Apparently the poor guy had a hot water shortage before leaving home - glad I wasn't next to him in the security line.

Luckily that wasn't the same flight that Reese and Jake or Ralph Fiennes and a flight attendant hooked up while enroute. We get the titillation of the "Mile-high Club," but the cleanliness of those washrooms...Ewww!

We at GG will continue to fly undaunted - with a little extra suspicion of the other passengers on board.

Jen Hyland, GG Staff

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