Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) vowed to investigate their crew members who got caught carrying 27 kilos of onions back to the country.
In a statement, PAL’s 10 flight crew members may face ‘disciplinary actions’ for bringing undeclared goods to the Philippines.
“We are investigating the incident involving ten crew members who were found to be carrying undeclared vegetables and fruits in their baggage after flying in from Riyadh and Dubai last January 10,” PAL spokesperson Ma. Ciela Villanuna said.
“Philippine Airlines does not condone any violation of customs regulations. We will impose the appropriate disciplinary sanctions subject to the results of the investigations,” she added.
They didn’t disclose what kind of ‘disciplinary action’ may the flight attendants face.
The Bureau of Plant Industry caught the crew members on January 10 during their arrival from Dubai.
Authorities recovered 27 kilos of onions and other fruits and vegetables.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) explained that people importing agricultural goods like onions should get proper permits first.
BOC said that no one was exempted from the law even airline crews.
“They are not exempted, they are not excused po na sabihin na hindi nila alam po na bawal iyon,” BOC said.
As of writing, the crew members have yet to comment on the issue they’re currently facing.