Flight attendants of Philippine Airlines under investigation for carrying 27 kilos of onions back to the country

10 flight attendants of Philippine Airlines were put under serious investigation after they were caught carrying 40 kilos of onions during their arrival to the country.

In a statement, customs officials said that the said PAL crew members arrived from Dubai with flight PR659 and Riyadh PR655 on January 10.

During their arrival, authorities discovered that the flight attendants were carrying 27kg of onions, which are currently expensive in the country, 10.5kg of lemons, and 1 kg of blueberries and strawberries.

According to the authorities, the crew members did not declare the said items which required an ‘import permit’ from the government.

Flight attendants who were visibly disappointed by the decision of the authorities decided to destroy the precious onions and fruits they carried.

“The other crew members started to stomp on the goods, sprayed disinfectant, and poked the goods with their chopsticks and pens also in public view,”  according to the report of customs.

Meanwhile, Sen. JV Ejercito expressed dismay over the incident, saying that the authorities only targeted small fish while big-time smugglers were not getting caught.

Ejercito also believed that the onions being carried by the flight attendants were only meant for personal consumption and not for reselling.

“40kg of fruits & onions divided by 10 PAL Crew is only 4kg each. Most likely for personal consumption. Tapos mga big time Agri smugglers ilang container ang nailulusot araw-araw!” Ejercito said.

The current price of onions in the country was estimated at around 300-700 pesos per kilo.

Meanwhile, onions in Dubai are estimated to be around 115 pesos per kilo.

 

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