Baggage handler caught stealing from luggage at Phuket International Airport

An airport baggage handler was arrested after he was caught on camera opening the luggage of a Jetstar Airways passenger at Phuket International Airport. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

PHUKET (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Airport baggage handler Abdullah Hayee Mayeh, 27, was arrested with a Bluetooth speaker on Thursday (Oct 12) after his robbery was recorded on video.

Closed-circuit television cameras caught him trying to open the luggage of a passenger of a Jetstar Airways flight on Tuesday at Bay 15 at Phuket International Airport while loading luggage onto the aircraft parked on the tarmac.

A 2min 40sec clip of him in the act went viral on social media last week, outraging netizens.

After the police showed the video to him, he confessed and returned the speaker to the public service department of the airport so that it could be returned to its rightful owner.

Abdullah was charged with robbery and taken to Saku Police Station for processing.

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