|The cash and Vietnamese passports seen in the footage by 7News allegedly belonging to Vietnam Airlines attendants during a raid by the Australian Border Force. — Photo from 7News|
HÀ NỘI — Nine Vietnamese flight attendants have been questioned by the Australian authorities over alleged money laundering after they were found carrying large amounts of cash.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) confirmed they are aware of the incident, which was reported by local media in Australia.
CAAV Director Đinh Việt Thắng said on Saturday that the authority is yet to receive any formal notice from the Australian government, and has requested the national-flag carrier Vietnam Airlines to make a report clarifying the case.
A Vietnam Airlines spokesperson said its flight crews and attendants are working as usual, and the airline has asked Australian authorities for more information.
Australia’s 7News channel reported that nine flight attendants of an airline had been questioned by Australian authorities during a raid by the Australian border force and police.
These flight attendants were found carrying a total of AUD60,000 (some US$41,600) inside their personal luggage.
7News did not mention the name of the carrier or personal details of the attendants who were suspected of committing money laundering.
According to the CAAV, the case is 'not very serious' and all the attendants have flown home on two different flights.
Under Australia’s regulations, any foreigner who brings AUD10,000 (US$6,935), or an equivalent amount in other currencies, must make a declaration when they enter or leave the country. Otherwise, they can be subject to fines or imprisonment.
As of current, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways are two Vietnamese carriers operating regular direct flights to Australia. — VNS