Philippines: Manila flyers wrap bags to avoid tampering.

MANILA: Officials on Monday noted that an increasing number of departing mostly Filipino passengers at the country’s premier airport have been wrapping their bags and luggage with plastic as a precaution against being victimised in a new extortion scam allegedly perpetrated by a syndicate composed of policemen and luggage inspectors that has drawn nationwide anger and indignation. Officials said there was a noticeable rise in the number of departing passengers with plastic wrapped around their bags and luggage at the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila. The move, officials explained, was a precaution against an alarming increase in the number of complaints from passengers victimised by the syndicate members engaged in the scam called “tanim bala” (live bullet planting) so they could extort money from them. During the x-ray examination, unscrupulous luggage inspectors would claim they found a bullet or two tucked inside and would threaten to arrest and file criminal charges against them if they refused to “settle” the case by paying a large sum of money. More information available here:

Source: Gulf News.

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