Drug Smugglers are Putting Jet Liners at Risk

Yana Bostongirl

NBC New York reports that homeland security has been noticing an increasing new trend of drug dealers hiding cocaine and heroin in the avionics bay of an aircraft for transportation purposes. The cause of concern is that it can cause an overheating of critical electronic systems.

According to Wikipedia, Avionics (a blend of aviation and electronics) are the electronic systems used on aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft. Avionic systems include communications, navigation, the display and management of multiple systems, and the hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to perform individual functions.

It is known as the brains of the jetliner. This is because it houses the electronics that help the pilots control the plane and concealing drugs in the avionics bay can tamper with the wires leading to malfunction which in turn can put the aircraft at risk.

This is what Frank Russo, head of Customs and Border Protection for New York's airports, had to say in an interview with NBC NewYork: “What we've seen here in the last year alone is over 30 kilos of cocaine and heroin in the avionics section of the plane."

Bricks of cocaine and heroin have been discovered jameed in the avionics bay on recent JetBlue and American Airlines flights with pilots unaware of what is going on.

The flights originate from Latin America as well as the Caribbean and usually, is an insider job whereby the drug cartels assign an aircraft worker to place and retrieve the drugs.

“We know that these are individuals that don't care about the safety of the passengers that are flying," Russo said.

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