Civil aviation agency raises security to avoid smuggling

HA NOI - Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh asked Vietnam Airlines (VNA) to implement measures to prevent smuggling and illegal transportation of property and goods.

He also demanded more airline security to detect weaknesses people could exploit to transport goods. His request came after Vietnamese air crew members were arrested in South Korea for smuggling gold.

CAAV held a press conference last week to provide information on the crew members' arrest.

According to local newspapers, a pilot and a flight attendant arrived at the international Gimhae Airport in Pusan on March 10 from Viet Nam and were arrested for smuggling six 1kg bars of gold. They tried to pass through customs by hiding the gold bars beneath their shoes.

Captain Nguyen Van Dung and flight attendant Nguyen Tuan Phong were arrested, according to a report by Vietnam Airlines.

The report also said South Korean authorities hadn't provided any official information to Vietnamese authorities.

Currently, CAAV is co-ordinating with Vietnam Airlines to keep an eye on the case.