9 Jul 2007

Thirty Air Tahiti Niu flight attendants accused of dealing drugs

10:12 am on 9 July 2007

More than 30 flight attendants of French Polynesia's carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, are under investigation for drug crimes.

They have been suspended by the airline after the judicial authorities accused them of buying drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, in mainly the United States for sale in Tahiti.

They are alleged to have sold the banned drugs at up to 15 times their purchase price.

Air Tahiti Nui says its flights won't be affected by the suspension of the staff who are to appear in a Papeete criminal court in September.

The cabin crew union says it may consider industrial action in response to what it calls the abusive dismissal of its members.