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And it's all in cash and watches.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw
May 04, 2016

Having something stolen from your luggage can be a huge pain. For one passenger, it was a nearly $260,000 headache. A man traveling to Hong Kong earlier this week claims that two watches and foreign currency totaling the six-figure sum were stolen from his carry-on.

According to local media, the 39-year-old Turkish businessman said the goods were taken from his belongings that he stored properly in the overhead bin on his Emirates flight. Reports vary as to the exact amount of the valuables—running from $26,000 to the $260,000—but the estimates hover in the multi-digit range. Upon arriving, he reported the incident to the cabin crew, who in turn alerted the Hong Kong police.

“Emirates is working closely with the police department and providing information to assist with their investigation," an Emirates spokesperson told Travel + Leisure in an email. "There will be no further comments at this time from Emirates on what is an ongoing investigation.”

While the situation has yet to be cleared up, Hong Kong authorities said that mid-air theft is actually on the rise; 60 cases were reported last year, 12 more than in 2014.

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