An Emirates flight attendant was caught trying to smuggle 13kg of gold worth about US $550,000 into India through Hyderabad airport, the Times of India newspaper reported.
According to the report, the off-duty air stewardess, travelling as an ordinary passenger, had concealed the gold in her hand luggage. She was arrested by customs officials at the RGI Airport.
An Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates confirms that on 9 April 2014 an incident occurred wherein a passenger arriving on flight EK526 from Dubai to Hyderabad was detained by Customs for carrying an undeclared quantity of gold in their baggage. Emirates has extended its cooperation to Customs authorities investigating the matter.”