$1.2 million stolen from Swiss flight bound for New York

Via CNN:

New York (CNN) — The FBI is investigating the theft of $1.2 million from Swiss International Airlines Flight 17, which arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport from Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday afternoon, a spokesman said Tuesday. The money was in $100 bills, J. Peter Donald said, adding it’s still unclear when it was stolen.

Flight 17 was a passenger flight with air cargo, including a shipment of currency, according to another FBI spokesman, Jim Margolin. After the plane landed, the shipment of cash was discovered to be $1.2 million short. Margolin said investigators have not determined whether the money was taken before the flight left Zurich.

Well that’s kinda crazy…


  1. The only reason I can think of for shipping currency has to do with foreign exchange: what do all those kiosks that accept your $100 bills in exchange for Euros do with all that US cash? It’s useless in Europe, so presumably at some point it gets shipped back across the pond in exchange for a bank transfer.

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