Australian dollars are seen in an illustrative photo from February 8, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Daniel Munoz
Nine Vietnam Airlines flight attendants have been questioned by Australian authorities for carrying a lot of cash.
Dinh Viet Thang, director of Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority, said on Saturday that airline management had confirmed the incident.
But Australian authorities have not formally notified their Vietnamese counterparts, he said.
Around noon Australian time on May 23, the nine men were questioned after it was discovered they were carrying a lot of cash.
Eight were immediately sent back to Vietnam but one was detained until 6 p.m. and the person returned home the next day.
The CAAV said the incident was “not too serious” and so they were allowed to return home without being detained for further investigation.
A Vietnam Airlines spokesperson said crew and flight attendants were working as normal, and the airline has asked Australian authorities for more information about the incident.
June 14, Australia 7 News reported that the nine are suspected of money laundering after AUD 60,000 ($41,600) was found split and hidden in their luggage.
Australian laws require foreigners entering or leaving the country to make a declaration if they are carrying money worth AUD 10,000 or more, failure to do so can result in fines and even prison sentences. imprisonment.