Flight Attendant Flees After TSA Finds 60 Pounds of Cocaine in Her Carry-On Bags: Cops
Authorities are searching for a flight attendant who they say fled a random screening at Los Angeles International Airport and abandoned two bags filled with more than 60 pounds of suspected cocaine.
Russ Baer, staff coordinator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, told InsideEdition.com that they are still "actively seeking her whereabouts" after the incident on Friday, and confirmed that she was indeed an airline employee.
The female flight attendant was reportedly sent to a secondary screening area during a random screening of airport staff. In a statement, the Los Angeles Peace Officers Association wrote the woman was left alone briefly before she was searched.
The suspect then made a call on her cell phone before kicking off her Gucci heels and fleeing the scene. Witnesses said she was barefoot when she ran down an up-moving escalator.
CBS Los Angeles reported the abandoned bags were found in an American Airlines terminal, but the woman was not an American Airlines employee.
Flight attendants and crew members are not often subjected to searches.
According to the Associated Press, the former LAXPD Chief of Police, Patrick Gannon, said: "There is no way that you are going to have the ability to screen every single person that comes to work in the airport.”
The TSA reported that a full screening is too costly, but they are increasing random screenings and keeping background checks up to date instead. However, the Los Angeles Peace Officers Association reported Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport have been screening all airport employees since 1999.
“The weekend’s incident reinforces the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers' Association's calls for an airport police officer to be stationed within 300 feet of the TSA screening checkpoint," said Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport union.