An airport security guard was arrested after stealing £450 cash from a passenger’s handbag just seconds before it went through an x-ray machine. Busakorn Somkwamdee, 26, was caught on CCTV opening the flap on the tourist’s bag which was put into a basket on a conveyor belt yesterday.

She then swiftly pulls out a large bundle of notes in Chinese yen and slips them into her right pocket – despite a passenger standing next to her at the time.

But the horrified Chinese passenger contacted airport bosses when she noticed the missing money while sitting in the departure lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Police pounced on Somkwamdee who was then caught red-handed with 4,000 Chinese yen in her pockets on Monday afternoon at around 3pm- and they think there could have been other thefts.

The employee, who had worked at the airport for two years, was interviewed by police and suspended after she admitted the theft.

Airport boss Kittipong Kittikajorn said the security guard admitted the theft but claimed it was the first time she had stolen.

Kittipong, deputy director of the airport, said: ”Airport officials are reviewing CCTV to check if the staff member has stolen from other passengers. ”We believe that there could be other thefts because she carried out this one very professionally. She was quick with her hands and knew how to avoid CCTV cameras. ”All the evidence will be gathered and she will be prosecuted.

”The money was returned to the passenger who was very relieved. The offender insisted it was her first time stealing from passengers but we do not believe her.

”We have contacted the security company that hires the guards and instructed them to improve the screening process when hiring guards.”

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