A member of a British Airways cabin crew was dismissed following a charge of theft

A member of a British Airways cabin crew was dismissed on a charge of theft

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Article written by Maria Vasiliu!

A steward at British Airways was dismissed after being accused of stealing 23 000 pounds despite failing to file a complaint against him for theft. It is alleged that the money was missing from the briefcase of a passenger flying at First Class.

Eighteen-year-old Ian McClure, an eighteen-year-old flight attendant, was dismissed. The court concluded that the investigation of the domestic staff of British Airways was found to be "biased and inadequate". The incident is alleged to have taken place on a five-and-a-half-hour night flight from Nigeria to Heathrow, London, on 42 April 10.


The passenger was traveling to First Class and had in his personal briefcase placed in the hatrack above his head, 65 000 pounds. During the flight, 23 00 pounds were missing. First Class cabin was almost full, 11 seats in 14 being occupied.

Five days after the incident, Mr McClure was arrested by police at his home in Buckinghamshire. Officers found impressive amounts of 50 pounds and 20 pounds with markings similar to those of the BA passenger. However, detectives were unable to match the banknotes to the passenger's briefcase and dropped the charges.

BA's internal investigations ended by dismissing Mr McClure, ignoring the results of the police investigation. The decision is now contested in court.

The defendant's lawyer, Mr. Angus Gloag argues that it would have been impossible for Mr McClure to "break in" the luggage compartment and remove the money from the secured briefcase. Let us not forget that the First Class cabin is quiet all the time and was occupied almost entirely.

Could he have opened the luggage compartment without noise, taken out his briefcase, gone to the toilet with her, taken the money, hidden it in a place he only knew and put it in place without anyone seeing?

"He spent a significant amount of time with a nervous client from 4E," the defense lawyer added.

Harveen Gupta, BA flight business manager, took the case seriously, the final decision being in the passenger's favor. “The explanation Mr McClure gave me regarding the purpose of the money was that they came from the UK Bank Society. The logos were similar to those of the company client. This seemed very strange to me. "

Doubtful work, especially since no one can guarantee the existence of money. And we wonder: "Why weren't they all taken?"

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