LOS ANGELES - Federal and airport authorities Monday are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of at least 50 pounds of drugs found in the carry-on bag of an airline flight attendant at the Los Angeles International Airport.
The discovery was made Friday afternoon in Terminal Four by a Transportation Security Administration security officer, who was screening the airline attendant's carry-on bag, according to a TSA official.
Although details are still sketchy, the flight attendant may have worked for JetBlue Airways, he said.
It was not immediately known what kind of drugs were found in the carry-on bag, he said, but NBC News reported that it was cocaine. The network reported that the flight attendant fled the screening area, realizing her bags were about to be inspected, and even ran off barefooted, leaving her Gucci shoes behind.
LAX airport police forwarded all media inquiries to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Tim Massino, a public information officer for the DEA, said officials were gathering information into the discovery and had no other immediate comment.