Japanese man flying Thai Smile says his money stolen from checked luggage

Photo: Sanook
Photo: Sanook

An elderly Japanese tourist filed a report with Suvarnabhumi Airport police yesterday, claiming his money was stolen from checked luggage on a flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

Sato Shoji, 63, said his JPY100,000 cash (THB31,000) was stolen from his checked suitcase on Thai Smile flight WE161. His important documents were still intact, and only the money had disappeared.

Sato said he sought help from the Thai Smile staff, but they told him to go to the police himself and send them a complaint e-mail.

The tourist said he didn’t know how the Thai legal process works or how to get to the police station. He was deeply sorry that he was denied any help from the airline staff.

The money was intended to pay for his accommodation and food while traveling in Thailand.

Police will check CCTV and track down whether his money was stolen at Chiang Mai or Suvarnabhumi airport as the crime has caused a damage to the image of Thai tourism, The Nation reported.

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