Nairobi, Kenya: Two Kenya Airways staff were Thursday arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with close to 20 kilograms of substance believed to be narcotics.
The cabin crew were about to board their flight to Cotonou, Benin when they were intercepted.
Head of Anti- Narcotic Police Unit Hamisi Masa said the two men were arrested early Thursday morning, about 15 minutes to their flight.
“They are being held as verification of the substance is ongoing,” Masa said.
The two suspects were arrested as they were about to board the KQ 542, which left for West African at 8am.
In a statement KQ said that the airline is aware of the incident and is working in tandem with the relevant authorities to get to the bottom of the matter.
“Kenya Airways adheres to all laws and regulations in Kenya and the countries it operates in. In addition, all crew members are trained on these regulations and laws and are expected to adhere to them at all times,” the national carrier said.
This is the second such incident to happen in less than a month involving KQ staff. Two weeks ago, two other cabin crew were arrested with drugs as they planned to depart to China.
Police have intensified surveillance at the airport after it emerged trafficking is committed in collusion with airline staff.