Cops clueless in cash puzzle
Police and airport authorities are looking for clues after a Japanese passenger claimed that 3 million yen (873,670 baht) in cash was stolen from her on a flight to Bangkok.
Suvarnabhumi airport police chief Viroj Tudso and airport deputy general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn said authorities, including representatives of Thai Airways International, are trying to verify the claim after the passenger filed a complaint at Suvarnabhumi police station on Monday.
The passenger, whose name was withheld, arrived in Bangkok with her sister on THAI flight TG661 from Haneda airport, Tokyo at 5am on Monday, according to police.
She said she later found money had disappeared from one of her checked bags, as well as a camera from another stowed bag.
The passenger said she planned to carry both bags onto the aircraft but airline staff told her there was no space available and advised her to check them in instead.
She said she followed the advice but forgot to remove the money and other valuable items.
The money, she told police, was to pay for cosmetic surgery at a hospital in Bangkok.
Pol Col Viroj and Mr Kittipong said all ground staff involved in unloading luggage from the plane to a conveyor belt at Suvarnabhumi had been called for questioning and their homes searched.
But no evidence pointing to where the lost money went has been found, they said.
Reviewing CCTV footage at both Suvarnabhumi and Haneda airports also provided no clues, according to Thai authorities.
Police have collected DNA samples and fingerprints from all workers connected to the flight.