Flight attendant caught hiding ‘cartons of cigarettes’ in bin before bag check

A female airline crew member has been refused entry to Australia after being caught attempting to smuggle 10 cartons of cigarettes into the country.

The 50-year-old flight attendant arrived on a flight from Denpasar on Tuesday night, where she, along with other crew members were directed to the Border Force’s secondary examination area where their baggage was to be x-rayed.

“A female ABF officer observed the crew member enter a toilet block before her bag was screened where she was caught dumping a number of cartons of cigarettes into a bin,” Australian Border Force said in a statement.


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In total, 10 cartons of cigarettes were seized (2,000 sticks).

The maximum allowance for cigarettes being brought into Australia is 25 sticks.

The woman’s visa was automatically cancelled and she was removed on a flight back to Indonesia the following morning.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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