Police recommends criminal charges against woman who stowed away on Fiji Airways


The Criminal Investigation Division with the Ministry of Police and Prisons have concluded their investigation into the Samoan woman who stowed away on the Fiji Airways in an effort to get to Australia, last month and that criminal charges have been recommended, which includes violation of the aviation act and immigration laws. 

This was confirmed by Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Keti Tiai during a press conference with the media yesterday. 

According to Papalii, they have sought the assistance of the AG’s office on whether the police should file the criminal charges or the respective ministries that had their laws violated by the 24-year-old woman.

However it’s unclear from the police investigation how this Samoan woman managed to pass through immigration and airport security got on the Fiji airways aircraft, hid in the lavatory, and made her way to Fiji.

This happened on 26 December 2022.  

The woman was caught sleeping in the lavatory by flight attendants when the plane arrived in Fiji. 

She was trying to board a flight to Australia without any legal documents claiming she was an Australian citizen. 

Fijian Authorities reached out to Australian Immigration to determine if she was an Australian citizen, but it was confirmed she was not a citizen of Australia. 

The woman was the returned and the matter is being investigated by local authorities, said Police Commissioner. 

The woman has been banned by Fiji Airways worldwide as a result.