A SriLankan Airlines Flight Steward was nabbed by Customs Officials for the carriage of a narcotic substance at Hamad International Airport Doha, Qatar last Wednesday Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
Sources associated to the airline speaking on condition of anonymity said that the young 24 year old Cabin Crew Member had carried a narcotic substance in his suit case.
The Airline official went on to say that it is yet to be established what type of drug and quantity it was and also if he was carrying it for his personal consumption or if he was trafficking it.
SriLankan Airlines has had to deal with several drug related issues pertaining to their Cabin Crew in the past.
In 2013 a stewardess who was removed from flying duties and assigned ground duties was nabbed by Police when she was purchasing drugs in Pamankade.
A Manager from SriLankan Airlines when contacted confirmed that the In Flight Services management has been suspicious of several Cabin Crew Members who they feel are currently using banned substances. He said, “The airline has been very supportive in rehabilitating several Cabin Crew Members in the past who have been addicted to various narcotic substances and even alcoholism. Some who have managed to kick the habit have even progressed to hold managerial positions too within the Airline. We need to test all the Cabin Crew for the usage of narcotic substances. This should be made mandatory and also these tests should be completed randomly throughout the year. There are blood tests available now where it can identify the type of drugs used”.
“It is sad that the airline is getting a bad reputation from all of these incidents. We had a Flight Steward who was nabbed by Sri Lanka Custom officials recently when he smuggled gold into the country. This was when he was returning from a flight duty from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. We also had to terminate a Cabin Manager when he was caught by UK Customs Officers when smuggling around 50 cartons of cigarettes into London Heathrow. The management needs to seriously crack down on Cabin Crew who are contributing in fast earning a reputation for being bootleggers, gold and drug smugglers,” the manager further said. (Khema Arudpragasam)