Virgin cabin crew arrested for 'stealing upgrade cash'

Ruth Doherty

The crew of a Virgin Atlantic jet have been arrested for allegedly stealing the money a passenger paid for a flight upgrade.

Seven stewards and stewardesses are accused of pocketing the £3000 cash the man paid to be moved into first class.

The customer used cash because, ironically, credit card payments were banned on the flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Heathrow under Virgin's anti-fraud policy.

But instead of processing the payment through the books, the crew of Airbus A340-600 allegedly kept the money for themselves.

Scotland Yard arrested the crew members, aged between 20 and 40, and said in a statement: 'Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of theft between April 24 and June. They have been bailed pending further inquiries.'

According to The Sun, the airline, who said no customers were overcharged, said in a statement: 'Virgin Atlantic takes all security and safety matters extremely seriously.

'We are currently going through a disciplinary process and appropriate action will be taken.'

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