It has been an exciting week for Jet Airways. On January 1, two Jet Airways pilots got into a fight, leading to both of the pilots eventually leaving the cockpit. Both pilots, including Jet Airways’ most senior 777 captain, got fired.
Now there’s a story of a Jet Airways flight attendant who tried to smuggle about 500,000USD onto a flight from Delhi to Hong Kong that she was working on January 8, 2018. There’s even footage of the incident!
The 25 year old flight attendant mostly had 100USD bills, all of which were wrapped in aluminum foil, so that it would be tougher for screeners to detect the money. Unfortunately for her, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) caught her before departure. Jet Airways has confirmed that the flight attendant was arrested, and I would guess that she’ll be terminated.
According to BBC:
The DRI confirmed to the BBC that they had “identified the handler who was co-ordinating this operation”, which they said had been going on for the past six months.
The PTI news agency quoted an official saying the alleged handler “would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi and send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations”.
“The money was being used for purchasing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to India illegally,” the official said.
Here’s the video of the flight attendant getting her bag searched:
This is pretty bad, though certainly not the worst flight attendant smuggling story we’ve seen. In 2016 a JetBlue off duty flight attendant (who was a former Jamaican beauty queen) was caught with about 70 pounds of cocaine, worth about two million dollars. When her bag was subjected to a random screening she took off her designer shoes and ran, and got away. She even managed to board a flight the next day. Eventually she turned herself in, and she now faces 10+ years in jail.
(Featured image courtesy of Fabio)