Fortunately, the Chinese tourists whose money was stolen, immediately contacted the airport authorities as soon as she noticed the wads of cash missing from her luggage.
An airport security guard was caught stealing 4,000 Chinese yen ($628) of a passenger’s hand luggage just before going through the X-ray machine.
Busakorn Somkwamdee was recorded by a surveillance camera at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, rifling through a tourist’s bag right in front of another passenger. The luggage is placed on the conveyor to pass through the security check.
The camera caught Somkwamdee as she withdraws a large bundle of cash out of pocket and then slips the bills into her pocket while she pretends to help push luggage through the machine.
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The Chinese tourist whose money was stolen, contacted the airport authorities as soon as she noticed the wads of cash missing from her luggage.
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The police found Somkwamdee with the 4000 yen in her pockets, about 3 hours. Monday, shortly after the passenger reported the incident. The money was returned in full to the passenger.
The employee, who had worked at the airport for two years, was admitted to the police that they had stolen the money but claimed it was the first time. The airport suspended Somkwamdee.
Kittipong Kittikajorn, director of the airport, said officials are investigating the incident and “review of CCTV is to verify that the employee has stolen from other passengers.”
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Kittikajorn said that they do not believe this is the first time that she has stolen.
“We believe that there are other robberies because they carried out a very professional. She went quickly with her hands and knew how to avoid the CCTV cameras. All the evidence will be collected and that they will be prosecuted.”
“We have contacted the security company that hires the guards and instructed them to improve the screening in the recruitment of guards,” the statement continues.
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This incident comes after the Thai airport was forced to tighten security last week, when eight of the baggage handlers were caught stealing from duty-free goods to the value of approximately $28,000 from an airline, the Daily Mail reported.
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.