Video: Flight attendant charged with stealing

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: When you hear this, you might never want to fall asleep on an airplane again. A flight attendant for Air France has been arrested for stealing from sleeping

    passengers. She's charged with 27 counts of theft: cash and jewels, mostly. Her normal route was France to Tokyo , a long-haul route, which usually means a lot of sleeping passengers. She's facing up to 10 years in prison now. news services
updated 7/21/2010 7:13:50 PM ET 2010-07-21T23:13:50

An Air France flight attendant was arrested after a series of thefts from business-class travelers sleeping onboard, reported Tuesday.

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The unidentified woman was questioned by French police and later released under supervision, a spokesperson for a prosecutor in the Paris suburb of Bobigny told Bloomberg.

The arrest ended a six-month investigation that was opened after passengers on a Tokyo-to-Paris flight reported more than $5,000 had been taken from their carry-on luggage.

The flight attendant was arrested Friday after arriving in Paris on a flight from Tokyo.

French newspaper Le Figaro originally reported the arrest. Police recovered jewelry, checks and credit card numbers in the woman's home and bank deposit box, the paper said. The suspect faces charges on 26 separate incidents; thefts have been reported on 142 Air France flights this year, according to Le Figaro.

Police reportedly used passenger manifests and staff rosters to identify the suspected flight attendant.

Air France did not comment on the arrest when contacted by Bloomberg.

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