The “maximum penalty” is being charged against a security screening employee from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) after being seen on surveillance footage swallowing $300 in cash that was taken from a passenger.
The alleged theft took place at Terminal 1’s departure area on September 8, 2023.
After passing through the terminal’s security checkpoint, a departing Chinese passenger reported finding his wallet open and money missing.
No evidence was discovered during a manual inspection of the officers who had screened the passenger.
Following a CCTV review of the security checkpoint, it was discovered that a female security screening officer had taken three US $100 bills and swallowed them along with a bottle of water.
The Office of Transportation Security (OTS) has been given permission by Philippine Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista to impose the “maximum penalty” on those found to be responsible for the incident.
This is not the airport’s first prominently reported theft. Security screening employees were caught on surveillance footage robbing passengers of cash and personal items, including watches, in two separate incidents in February and March 2023.
Airport authorities suggested implementing a “no pocket policy” in the uniforms and jackets of screening personnel.
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