A 49-year-old Chinese national was jailed for 12 months on Friday after he’d stolen $300 from a passenger while onboard a Singapore-bound SilkAir flight.
The Straits Times reports that on March 7, Zhang Chunsheng was seated next to 49-year-old Low Siow Ling on an aircraft flying from Shenzhen, China to Singapore when he removed Low’s backpack from the overhead compartment and walked into the bathroom around 7:50 p.m.
Two other passengers saw this and informed Low, who found his backpack had gone missing. Minutes later, Zhang returned with the bag and claimed he had taken the wrong one by mistake. When the victim looked inside, he found $300 missing from his wallet.
Low didn’t confront Zhang about the missing cash but instead told cabin crew about the situation. Zhang was arrested at Changi Airport, where authorities found three $100 notes on him. Zhang, who initially tried to claim the notes as his own, eventually admitted that he took the money out of greed.
He was sentenced to 12 months, although he could have faced up to three years and fines.
Last year, a group of tourists from Zhejiang province flying to Singapore caused a scene when they stuffed over 30 sets of stainless steel cutlery into their luggage and refused to hand it over to flight attendants, only returning it when the group’s tour guide scolded them for “hurting the reputation of the Chinese people”.