Aviation

Air India crew evading customs check pose security risk

DELHI

Pilots and cabin crew members of Air India are posing “significant security risk” by exiting the Mumbai Airport without customs check, the national carrier has been told by the Customs Department after two of its employees were allegedly caught smuggling gold.

Officials recently caught two Air India crew members while they were allegedly smuggling three kgs of gold worth over Rs. 78 lakh on a domestic flight, the department has informed the airline, reports Business Line.

Sources said the department has also said that pilots and cabin crew members of Air India are posing “significant security risk” by exiting terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai without customs check.

In a communication sent yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of the Customs Department’s Air Intelligence Unit has conveyed to Air India that it has come to its notice that pilots and crew members of the national carrier do not go through customs check. “This poses a significant security risk,” the officer said.

The sources said the department has also cited the instances of the two crew members – Nihal Prajapati and Sidhesh Patil, who were caught for the alleged gold smuggling.

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