A group of flight attendants is in hot water after they were busted for this scary crime

Travelers have complained about the awful customer service on airlines for years.

It could be because their employees were more focused on doing another job.

And a group of flight attendants is in hot water after they were busted for this scary crime.

Flight attendants accused of being involved in international drug smuggling operation

Four Delta Airlines flight attendants were arrested for being involved in a criminal scheme to smuggle millions of dollars worth of drug money between the United States and the Dominican Republic.

A trip to the airport for most travelers means the hassle of going through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint.

But airline employees have a special line they can breeze through with minimal inspection.

And that’s how Justice Department officials say that the flight attendants were able to move millions in drug money.

New York City residents Charlie Hernandez, Sarah Valerio Pujols, Emmanuel Torres, and Jarol Fabio allegedly spent years using their “Known Crewmember (KCM)” status at John F. Kennedy Airport.

This status allows airline crew members to go through an expedited TSA security line and bypass X-ray screenings, which let them carry large sums of cash unnoticed with them on their international flights.

“In effect, given these loosened security procedures, KCM privileges allow flight attendants to bypass airport security with large quantities of cash without that cash being seized,” the federal criminal states.

They stand accused of moving eight million dollars in cash from drug dealing to the Dominican Republic.

Pujols had been fired from another airline in 2019 after she was caught with $60,000 in cash in her purse.

“As alleged, these flight attendants smuggled millions of dollars of drug money and law enforcement funds that they thought was drug money from the United States to the Dominican Republic over many years by abusing their privileges as airline employees,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

The drug dealers that they were working for gave them a small percentage of each load of cash that they smuggled.

Vulnerabilities in the airline industry 

The four flight attendants are charged with running an unlicensed money transmission business and violating airport security procedures.

Being able to exploit security privileges makes flight attendants ideal for smuggling cash and represents a vulnerability in the airline industry, according to Homeland Security officials.

“As alleged, the defendants knowingly smuggled large amounts of illicit money linked to the sale of narcotics, to include fentanyl, and took advantage of airport security checkpoints by using their trusted positions as flight attendants,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Ivan Arvelo said. “This investigation has exposed critical vulnerabilities in the airline security industry and has illuminated methods that narcotics traffickers are utilizing.”

The flight attendants developed a system of code words, including using “lotion” to mean cash and called the drug dealers they worked for “los tigres,” or Spanish for the tigers.

Now they face years in jail after the TSA was involved in a tragic failure. 

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