After the passengers had disembarked,Fatty the ifs (inflight supervisor)waited until the last cabin crew left the aircraft before he too left the aircraft and headed for the arrival area. It was a long walk to the arrival terminal and custom area.
About 2 months before Fatty's flight,SIA cabin crew management had a meeting with the security department and enlist their help to nap Fatty whom they suspected of stealing duty free liquor and Dom Perignon Champange. SIA cc had inside information that Fatty had stolen hundreds of bottles of liquor and sold them to his pub connection in Bangkok. Off course,this was illegal and any crew caught stealing liquor or any company stuff would be sacked instantly.
That night in BKK (Bangkok)2 plainclothes security men from S'pore had stationed themselves just after the custom clearance area,waiting for Fatty.They flew into BKK a day before Fatty's flight.
Jon the chief steward (2nd highest ranking cc)was the first to arrive at the custom check area. The Thai custom officers cleared him and let him through without a search.However,immediately after the custom area at the arrival hall,the 2 security men came up to Jon and flashed their i/ds and searched Jon's hand carried luggage. In it,they found a few bottles of SIA's Dom Perignon,Black Label Whisky and Brandy. They arrested Jon but before that Jon created such a big commotion that Fatty from distance(before custom check)noticed and knew that there was something cooking.Fatty hurriedly went to the toilet and off-loaded his bottles of liquors into the large waste bins. He then cleared custom and the 2 security men approached him.They did not find any stolen things in his bags.
Just to enlighten you,these crew made hundreds by selling the stolen liquor in BKK and other places. If you may recall, an ifs was caught stealing Dom,caviar and other duty free items into London last year.He was repatriated to S'pore and fined $2,000 in a S'pore court last year.
Stealing liquor from the airlines by crew is not an uncommon thing. It happens to many airlines,not just SQ. Some stole to sell and make a profit while others drank or gave them to their friends. There is nothing much the airlines could do except to discourage the cc from stealing by firing them if caught.
In the above case,Fatty was the target but Jon who helped carried the contra bands for Fatty was made to pay. Jon was a nice and obliging colleague whom Fatty made use of.
Fatty was always lucky to avoid being caught red handed. There was nothing SIA security people could do to Fatty. He retired "gracefully" at the age of 55. They even awarded him a handsome retirement gratuity. Today,Fatty drives a taxi and who knows what other illegal things he is doing?
They drive prestigious cars like these.