Flight Attendant Bolts Leaving Behind 70 Pounds Of Cocaine In Luggage

Flight Attendant Bolts Leaving Behind 70 Pounds Of Cocaine In Luggage

( 4UMF NEWS ) Flight Attendant Bolts Leaving Behind 70 Pounds Of Cocaine In Luggage:

Federal authorities are searching for an airline attendant who was really flying high. The woman left behind luggage holding 70 pounds of cocaine when she bolted from Los Angeles International Airport during a security screen, officials said.

It was a random stop made by Transportation Security Administration officers, according to Special Agent Timothy Massino with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The woman was directed to a secondary screening area — but instead of complying, she dashed for the nearest exit.

Before guards could react, she’d dropped her bag, kicked off her Gucci heels and hightailed it down an upward moving escalator, officials said.

She remained at large Monday. Official said her flight was headed to LaGuardia Airport in New York via L.A.

Marshall McClain, president of the union representing LAX airport police officers, said it highlighted the need to screen all airport employees.

“With her bringing this amount of narcotics in the airport, chances are this wasn’t her first time through,” McClain told the Associated Press. “We’re hoping this is a wake-up call to airport management as well as federal legislators.”

Security threats from “insiders” — airline and airport employees, as well as workers hired by contractors — have been a focus of the TSA, particularly after the December 2014 arrest of several Delta Air Lines baggage handlers. Prosecutors allege they smuggled guns, including an AK-47, from Atlanta to New York.

Federal authorities said last year that they busted a marijuana smuggling ring at Oakland International Airport, with arrests including baggage handlers. A separate arrest in December involved a TSA worker accused of allowing drug runners to pass their bags through X-ray machines without being stopped.

Four former baggage handlers at San Diego’s airport were sentenced in September in a drug-smuggling case.

The TSA has said that full screening of all employees would cost too much. Instead, the agency has urged airports to increase random screenings of workers and to keep background checks up to date.

“We will pay particular attention to the insider threat,” TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a Senate committee earlier this month.