Virgin crew members arrested for 'smuggling gold on flight to Delhi'

Flight attendants allegedly wore £140,000 worth of jewellery while working

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Virgin Atlantic aircraft in flight.

Two Virgin Atlantic crew members were arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle gold jewellery on a flight from London to Delhi.

The man and woman reportedly wore 4.2kg of gold worth £104,000 while working on a flight.

First Post reports that they were arrested at Indira Gandhi international airport.

Official sources said they were intercepted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials.

"A letter has been written by the DRI to the airline about the incident. They have been informed about the arrest of two of its crew members," an official said.

According to the Daily Mail, the two workers are said to be friends.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: "We are aware of a situation involving our cabin crew in Delhi. We are fully co-operating with the authorities.

"However, as this is an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment further at this time."

In 2013, an American Airlines flight attendant sued the airline because her colleagues claimed that she had smuggled her pet rats onto an international flight by hiding them in her underwear.

Louann Giambattista, 55, says that she was blacklisted by customs for more than a year after the allegations and was seeking damages for 'debilitating anxiety' and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A pilot claimed he saw a 'bulge' in Ms Giambattista's pocket during a flight in February 2012, and believed it to be a 'live pet'.

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