X-ray Machine Exposes Woman with Baby in Backpack at Manila Airport
PHOTO: Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Photo via Wikipedia)
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In the wake of a man attempting to smuggle his wife past rail station border guards inside a suitcase, a woman was discovered hiding her baby inside a backpack at an airport in the Philippines.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a 25-year-old Papua New Guinean and nursing graduate attempted to smuggle her two-month-old son through immigration at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday in the Philippine capital of Manila.
The baby was discovered when the woman passed through the security x-ray machine.
"The security x-ray technicians were surprised to see the image of a sleeping baby inside Pavolaurea’s bag," said assistant general manager for security and emergency services at the airport Vicente Guerzon, adding that the woman "apparently only placed the baby inside her backpack before going through the immigration check-in counter."
"It is certainly not a common occurrence," added Guerzon. "It is the strangest thing to find a baby inside a passenger's bag."
Guerzon identified the woman as Jenifer Pavolaurea, and said that a medical checkup by the airport doctor showed the baby was in good health and unaffected by any radiation from the x-ray machine.
Pavolaurea, a single mother, later admitted to attempting to evade immigration officials, noting that she didn't possess the clearance certificate required to depart with her child.
Prior to being barred from boarding, Pavolaurea was scheduled to be on Air New Guinea PX011 flight bound for Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea's largest city.
Instead, she and her son were placed in the custody of the person who brought them to the airport in order to provide her with additional time to file the necessary immigration documents for the child.
"She should proceed to the Papua New Guinea embassy and ask for support to get an ECC for her son so she does not have to put him inside her bag again," said Guerzon.
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