Well, this is probably a bad time to do so because the authorities are really stepping up on checks. From the looks of the reports, it seemed like the police are acting on tip offs because it’s quite unlikely for them to check everyone and to be caught right on, the crew must be really suay. The thing is, it’s the pilots that got caught, and not the cabin crew. I can’t imagine what’d happen to the crew should they ever get caught. Nothing much, I guess, but enough to mar their reputation and to face disciplinary actions.

So, if you don’t want to do your cabin crew friends in, perhaps it’s time to stop asking them to take the risk? 😉

First up, it’s the MAS pilot:

PETALING JAYA – THE Malaysia Airlines (MAS) pilot, who was caught and fined for importing child pornography in Adelaide, has been relieved of flying duties to facilitate an internal enquiry by the national carrier.

In a statement, MAS group human resources senior general manager Effendi Abdul Rahman said:

‘We are first conducting an internal enquiry into this matter. Based on the findings, any further action taken will be in accordance with the MoU between Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysia Airlines Pilots Association (MAPA).’

The pilot, who was identified by Australian news portals ABC News and the Adelaide Advertiser as Ahmad Said, 25, was arrested by Customs officers at the Adelaide International Airport last Thursday, after they found three video files containing child pornography in his laptop.

ABC News said that when the pilot arrived at the airport, he told them he did not have anything to declare.

But when Customs officers searched his laptop, they found the child video files.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported that the videos were titled ‘Reped Virgin’, ’10-Year Old’ and ‘High School Students.’

His lawyer told the court that Ahmad had been e-mailed the video files and had not shown them to anyone else.

‘He was simply reckless, this was not material brought in to be disseminated,’ lawyer Stephen Barratt had told the Adelaide court. — The Star/ANN.

Next up, the SIA pilot:

A SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) pilot caught with pornographic material at Adelaide International Airport last Saturday, has been charged and fined A$12,000 by Australian authorities.

Captain Ng Kok Yauw, 41, a Malaysian national, was the third person arrested by Australian Customs Service in less than a week as part of a crackdown on attempts to smuggle pornography into the country through Adelaide.

The other two cases involved a 41-year-old Singaporean whose identity is not known and another Malaysian – 23-year-old Ahmad Said who is a co-pilot with Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

Australian media reported over the weekend that the MAS pilot was fined A$6,000, while the 41-year-old Singaporean will appear again in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Feb 25.

A spokesman for Australian Customs told The Straits Times that when Capt Ng was stopped and questioned by officers, he denied carrying any prohibited items.

But when they checked his laptop, they found ‘objectionable material depicting abhorrent sexual acts.’

SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw said in response to queries: ‘We are aware of the reports of this case and are examining what the Court has said.

‘All our crew are expected to comply fully with the laws of countries to which they operate, and that includes laws relating to the carriage of prohibited items, including data on computers.’

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 12th February 2008



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