Did Cebu Pacific Air Flight Attendant Steal Money From Passenger?
A case of mile-high robbery theft is being investigated by Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) after one of its flight stewards on duty was accused of stealing 8,000 Chinese yuan (P58,000) from a passenger.
CEB officer-in-charge for corporate affairs Paterno Mantaring Jr. said the company has been informed of the incident and is conducting its own investigation in parallel with a third-party probing agency.
According to a report from a China-based paper that circulated on social media, the theft was discovered after a CEB flight from Kalibo International Airport that arrived at Changsha Huanghua International Airport in China’s Hunan province on August 11.
(According to the airline’s official website, it has commercial flights to nine cities in China but Changsha is not one of them.)
Three passengers reportedly complained of losing cash from their baggage and sought help from local police. A prompt action from authorities reportedly resulted in the recovery of the missing cash from the cabin. The report added that the suspected thief, identified as the flight’s male flight steward, allegedly tried to get rid of the paper bills, throwing them into the trash can and flushing them into the toilet bowl.
It was not clear in the report how the flight steward turned out to be the main suspect in the robbery incident.
Mantaring said that cabin crew members will be placed on paid leave and will remain grounded pending the conclusion of the probe.
He further assured, “CEB will take the appropriate action, depending on the result of the investigation.”