According to the airline, four Vietnam Airlines flight attendants were detained in Vietnam on Friday for allegedly smuggling drugs from France to Vietnam.
“Vietnam Airlines has learned that four flight attendants were detained on aircraft number VN10 on suspicion of having illegal substances in their bags.
“Currently, they have been suspended from duty to help with the investigation,” Vietnam Airlines’ spokesman, Dang Tuan, said in a statement to dpa.
Customs officials at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City searched their luggage earlier on Thursday and found more than 10 kilograms of ecstasy and narcotics after arriving on a flight from France to Vietnam, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported, quoting the customs agency.
Vietnam has a reputation for extremely strict punishments for drug traffickers.
Under Vietnamese law, the production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or cocaine, or 300 grams of methamphetamine, can carry the death penalty.
Vietnam Airlines has a network of routes to 49 airports across 26 countries and territories, including Germany.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered agencies working at the country’s airports to strengthen inspection and supervision to detect passengers illegally transporting goods by air. (dpa/NAN)