THEFT FROM SUITCASES IN KIEV AIRPORT I flew London Gatwick to Almaty Kazakhstan via Kiev in Ukraine on Aerosvit yesterday (2nd-3rd April 2011). VV 226 and VV 429 ETKT 870510****610 I was travelling with 6 colleagues. Each of us experienced THEFT from hold luggage during transfer in Kiev. Cases were opened, money and jewellry stolen. On my bag, it is clear that someone moved the zip tags with padlock to the very end of the zip runner. Then the zip was forced open at the end behind the lock. The zip tags were then moved to the other end and the broken zip opened up. Afterwards, the person were able to re-zip and close the open zip back to the other end. It appeared untouched until close inspection. In my suitcase I was carrying a second smaller case. This was opened and not closed again. My belongings were in a mess. It was obviously searched. They did NOT steal the DVDs, coffee beans, cheese, PSP games or baby clothes. There was unfortunately money in a trouser pocket. This left me with a broken zip. Furthermore the case was damaged. It had obviously been mishandled. Material had been ripped and the extending handle was broken. I know that another collegue had money and a SIM card hidden inside a purse inside a leather case inside a smaller bag. This money was taken. Other thefts from colleagues included jewellry, a camera and money. It is clear that there is a problem with airline staff or the ground staff at Kiev. A Ukrainian co-worker reports that her luggage is always opened in Kiev during transfer. Furthermore, on the flight the leg room was appalling (not all seats in economy are the same - beware. Although most seemed ok - I was unlucky). Staff are very abrupt and often rude. Food was poor. Flights left on time though. On landing (VV226) the flight deck door fell open, twice. Hilarious and frightening to see the pilot reaching behind himself, awkwardly and frantically, while trying to land the plane.... All of this is tollerable (just) for the very cheap flights (offers which may not last) but the theft is unacceptable and I will not recommend them to anyone unless you are extremely desperate.