Passenger stopped at Ninoy Int’l Airport after authorities find empty ammunition shells in her luggage

Renewed warnings from airport authorities in the Philippines about passengers’ belongings, after a Fil-Am traveler was questioned this week for bringing empty bullet shells in her baggage.

Reports say on July 2, security screeners at Ninoy Aquino International Airport stopped an unnamed Filipina American after finding 416 pieces of empty ammunition shells in a box inside her luggage.

Authorities say the passenger reported that the box belonged to a relative, who said only clothes were inside it. After the box was confiscated, the passenger was later allowed to take her connecting flight to Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

In the past, airport officials faced a controversy surrounding bullet planting extortion incidents targeting a number of flyers.

Authorities now reiterate that passengers check their luggage of any prohibited items.

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