The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) is experimenting on a scheme in which passengers found with a lone bullet in their luggage would be allowed to board their flights after surrendering the bullet.
This is meant to finally end the tanim bala or bullet-planting phobia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, according to Bienvenido Denros, OTS team leader at the NAIA Terminal 1.
Denros said last Monday that the new rule is still in the experimental stage and would apply only if one live bullet is found in the luggage of a departing passenger, especially elderly people and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
He clarified that if they find a fully loaded bullet magazine or several bullets inside the luggage, the passenger would be apprehended.
He said once the X-ray machine at the departure area detects only one live bullet in the luggage, the OTS inspector will ask the passenger to view the X-ray monitor to look at the bullet without anybody touching the subject luggage.
Denros said the inspector would then ask the passenger to get the bullet from the bag and surrender it to the OTS and the passenger would be allowed to board his plane without any interrogation or even charges of violating the law.
“We ask them (passenger) if you still want to leave. If they say yes, then we will ask them to open their luggage and get the bullet and surrender it to us, then we will let them go,” Denros explained.
Source: Philippine Star
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