Sadly, when we check a bag at the airport, it doesn’t travel down a magical web of conveyor belts straight to our airplane. Several sets of hands from checkers to baggage handlers all have a turn taking care of your luggage. Unfortunately, this makes your luggage a target for theft, and two airport employees have been charged with stealing several items from traveler’s bags.
The arrests happened at Logan International Airport in Boston, but it’s hard to really think that this is an isolated incident. The pair was caught on hidden camera taking cash, cameras, laptops and other items from passenger’s luggage.
Their theft attorney will have a hard time fighting the charges, as they have been caught on camera.
According to reports, the pair targeted international travelers on Lufthansa, probably because their victims would be a continent away before they realized that their property was missing.
Because of the value of the items, it is likely that the pair will be charged with grand theft. In California, grand theft is considered to be a wobbler, meaning prosecutors can charge you with either a felony or a misdemeanor. If charged as a felony, a conviction carries with it a prison sentence of up to 3 years. Even a misdemeanor can land you in county jail for up to a year.
People often joke around about how baggage fees are the airline equivalent of highway robbery. In this case, travelers checking their bags actually robbed of far more than just the extra $120 it can cost to check their luggage.