Garuda says woman caught with cocaine, meth in Bali is a ‘former’ flight attendant

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A woman arrested over cocaine and meth possession in Bali on Sunday stated to police in her confession that she was working as a flight attendant for flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

But after local headlines broke with news of her arrest, the airline has been quick to distance itself from the woman, with the management now saying that the woman, identified by her initials MMS, is a “former” employee.

“Following the findings of a criminal investigation by Kuta Police, we need to convey that the person concerned is a former employee of Garuda Indonesia who is not actively working (for the airline). So, the actions of the person are under her own personal responsibility,” Garuda Indonesia Services Director Nicodemus P.Lampe said in a statement released on Friday, as quoted by Detik.

The services director also stated that the airline cooperates closely with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to conduct random drug checks several times a year and regularly does its own tests on cabin crew and pilots every six months.

In addition, Garuda also has a “pre-flight check” system where each crew member is inspected to make sure they are fit to carry out their inflight duties.

Prior to Garuda’s statement, police had announced on Friday to the press that a Garuda flight attendant was arrested at a luxury boardinghouse in Denpasar on Feb. 25 with 0.12 grams of meth, two packets of cocaine, and four nitrazepam pills, a hypnotic drug used as an anticonvulsant and hypnotic.

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