At least 40 security personnel at Manila’s international airport are now under investigation over a recent spate of bullet-planting allegations.
The employees, who are all part of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Office of Transportation Security,have effectively been suspended.
Airport spokesperson David de Castro said authorities have revoked the access passes of personnel accused of being part of an extortion scam that has spread fear among air travelers in Manila.
He added that these employees won’t be allowed into the airport,but have not been sacked from their positions.
“De Castro said the bullet-planting scam has victimized at least one person almost every day over the past few weeks.”
Airport personnel have been accused of dropping or planting bullets in passengers’s bags in order to extort money in exchange for letting the supposed offense pass.
Paranoid travelers have begun wrapping their luggage in cling wrap and packaging tape to protect themeselves from the scam.
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