A LOT of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 were inconvenienced after security personnel implemented protocols that prevented the free flow of human traffic inside the terminal complex following the discovery of an unattended bag near a boarding gate.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said plane passengers were prevented from approaching Gate 3 after an unattended bag was found by guard Ralph Basubas during his routine round. The guard, following his training, called the police who immediately secured the area as security protocol dictates that unattended bags should be immediately attended to by bomb experts.
Some passengers who were confused over the implementation of the security protocols were visibly irked and demanded explanation from the authorities. Instead of arguing with the irate passengers, the police directed them to another gate where they were firmly told to wait.
Bomb experts with the help of trained bomb sniffing canines then proceeded to inspect the bag only to find out that it contains 10 pieces of one peso coins, five pieces of 5 peso coins, assorted clothes, toiletries, a ball pen and a cell phone charger.
According to MIAA media affairs personnel Jenson Nellas, a certain Analyn Ualapt later claimed the bag as her property after it was turned over to the terminal’s lost and found section.
Last Saturday, the MIAA announced that it placed the country’s premier airport to full alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City. Consequently, canine units are now common sight in the country’s premier airport especially at the entrance gates as the specially trained dogs help lawmen in conducting rigid inspections on all motor vehicles entering the NAIA.