Fil-Am passengers take extra measures to ‘bullet-proof’ bags

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES – The concern over the alleged bullet planting scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is obvious…even at American airports.

As one inbound Philippine Airlines flight arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport, many of the passengers can be seen pushing their heavily-wrapped luggage.

One passenger said it makes her feel safer that her bags are wrapped.  While some are skeptical of the alleged scheme where security personnel at NAIA would plant bullets at checkpoints in an attempt to extort money from passengers, they still took the precaution.

While some passengers were not too concerned, their relatives in the United States and in the Philippines made sure they didn’t take any chances.

One passenger said she wrapped her bag because her niece told her to do so.

It’s not just those leaving…but also those en route to the Philippines. Several passengers boarding the outgoing Philippine airline flights had also locked, taped, and wrapped their luggage.

While the alleged scheme is under investigation and new cases continue to pop up, wrapping luggage may continue to be a common practice for Philippine travelers.

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