It’s bad enough when an airline loses your luggage, but it’s downright malicious when an airline employee blatantly steals the belongings it’s supposed to protect.
That’s what one Ryanair passenger caught a baggage handler doing before a flight from Ibiza to Madrid — and the whole incident is on video.
The video shows the employee attempting to be sly, sneaking his hand into the suitcase, pulling out a red speaker, and carefully pocketing it.
Fortunately, thanks to the eagle-eyed passenger, the employee was caught and forced to return the speaker to its rightful owner: a teenage boy visiting Madrid with his mother, who had gifted the speaker to the boy for his birthday.
The now-former Ryanair employee was especially bold, as it was only his third day on the job. He’s presumably been fired and is now expected to face trial.
Some people on Twitter are using the instance to caution travelers.
Always lock your bags and if possible let it be wrapped in airport nylons. https://t.co/kUqmMgIGvn— Fidelis Aidelomon (@TheRealFidelis) September 17, 2018
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Unfortunately most stealing from suitcase luggage is done before it leaves for a Mediterranean or North African country. I'm glad that this has come to focus today? ? ✍️? https://t.co/biAnGfeMv6— Richard Evaristo (@RichardEvaristo) September 16, 2018
This happens much closer to home aswell friends , be aware . WATCH: Baggage handler caught stealing items from Ryanair passengers bag in shocking video https://t.co/Uptbh1m1mV— Colin Houston ? Tru (@Trumpetersvoice) September 17, 2018
Some are blaming Ryanair.
@ryanair shame on you for employing a baggage handler who stole a speaker from luggage in Ibiza. I won't be using your airline again.— Pras Kumpati (@pras3000) September 17, 2018
It’s RyanAir. Are we acting surprised?— Austin Fuller (@AustinWFuller) September 16, 2018
That's why I never put anything other than clothing in my suitcase. On return journey I no longer put my dirty underwear in a plastic bag, nice surprise them for if they do rummage through my luggage.— Just My Opinion (@honestopinion40) September 16, 2018
Fortunately, the speaker was recovered, but it will take longer to say the same for passengers’ trust.