At Kochi airport, a member of the Air India cabin crew was allegedly caught “gold-handed” attempting to smuggle about 1,500 grams of gold. Shafi, a Wayanad native, was detained after it was discovered that he had 1,487 grams of gold wrapped around his hands. According to ANI, he utilized the sleeves of his shirt as a cover to enter through the green channel.
Kochi | Air India cabin crew Shafi, a native of Wayanad, was arrested at Kochi Airport for smuggling 1,487 gms of gold. The cabin crew was of Bahrain-Kozhikode-Kochi service. Further interrogation underway: Customs Preventive Commissionerate pic.twitter.com/1nxVzF2fA7
— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2023
Shafi, a cabin crew member on the Bahrain-Kozhikode-Kochi Air India Express flight, was allegedly trying to smuggle gold into the nation, according to confidential information that the Customs Preventive Commissionerate had received.
Furthermore, officials stated that Shafi is being interrogated by customs officers while more investigation is being conducted.
A member of the crew of Air India Express aircraft IX 474 has been detained following a smuggling incident, according to a statement from Air India. The aforementioned person has been suspended with immediate effect. After receipt of the investigation report from the investigating authorities, Air India Express would take severe action against the offender, including termination of service.