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Seven JFK Baggage Handlers Arrested

Seven JFK Baggage Handlers Arrested

Seven baggage handlers at New York JFK Airport have been arrested for allegedly stealing jewellery, watches and ipads from checked baggage. 

Israeli airline El Al installed a hidden video camera in the hold of one of its B747 aircraft after receiving complaints of missing items. 


Over a five-month period the airline caught seven employees – often wearing gloves – going through passengers’ suitcases and hiding luxury items in their pockets and down their trousers.

After identifying the men, investigators searched their homes and found a $5,000 Seiko watch, cologne, Valentino sunglasses, 13 other watches and a Sony Playstation. They also found an iPad mini, two iPhones, an iPad, three gold rings, a gold chain with a pendant, and a pair of earrings with white stones.

The suspects, who confessed to their crimes, have been charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny, and attempted petit larceny.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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