In-Flight Thieves Targeting Airline Travelers’ Carry-On Bags

By Michelle Roberts, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Thieves have a new target when you’re flying and your valuables could be in jeopardy when they’re just a few feet from your seat on the plane.

Imagine opening the overhead bin on your flight and finding your carry-on bag is gone.

It happened to Laura Bevis when she was returning from overseas with her family.

“I had instant panic and anxiety,” she said. “I always put my jewelry in my carry-on, and, most importantly, our passports.”

In-flight theft is the new reality when it comes to air travel, according to George Hobica of

“It’s easy pickings,” he said.

Travel experts such as Hobica say theft on planes is a growing problem, with bags getting swiped, valuables stolen and pockets picked. Jewelry, money and medications are often the sought-after prizes, Hobica said.

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