Two off-duty Ryanair flight attendants were arrested last week, on suspicion of smuggling £6,000 worth of cigarettes through customs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Border Force officers found 13,800 cigarettes in luggage allegedly belonging to Gemma Phillips and Adam McEvatt, who both work for Ryanair,
but were off-duty at the time. The legal amount travellers can bring into the country is 200 cigarettes and 250 grams of rolling tobacco per person.
Ms Huyton and Mr Mcevatt, both from Merseyside, had arrived in Liverpool on a flight from the Canary Islands, and have been charged with evasion of excise duty of £6,000.
A spokeswoman for Border Force told Click Liverpool
: "The two individuals were arrested on suspicion of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of excise duty."
They have since been charged and bailed to return to court on 17 September.
A spokesman for Ryanair told The Irish Times
: "As this alleged incident is the subject of a criminal investigation, we are not in a position to comment, other than to note that the individuals in question were off duty at the time of these alleged offences."
There was another case recently of airline staff smuggling contraband into the UK. A Nigerian stewardess flying on Arik Air from Lagos was jailed recently for trying to bring over a quarter million dollars of cocaine into the country, said PM News.
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