Police said he flew on 209 flights over a 15 month period buying cheap tickets on flights to wealthy cities and targeted businessmen, stealing from them while they were asleep or watching in-flight movies.
But he was caught at Shijiazhuang airport when a passenger sitting in front of him reported a theft on a flight to cabin crew who called ahead to police at the airport.
Police say he admitted: "It's much easier to steal on a plane, since people are usually asleep, or watching movies. My success rate was above 40 per cent." Link