'Laglag Bala' or 'Tanim Bala' modus in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Philippines has been a trending topic over social media and even on both local and international news.
Amidst this alleged scheme, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security issued an internal memo dated Nov. 3 -- advising its members and staff to be extra careful and take necessary precautions whenever they need to transit the said airport.
"Officials at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are allegedly slipping bullets into passengers' bags and then trying to extort money from them when bullets are 'found' by security," stated in the UN memo.
This issue has caused lots of netizens to share their thoughts, suggestions and even feelings of disgust and dismay about the said 'slipping bullet' scam.
Though the airport officials have already denied the involvement of its security personnel and the Philippine government assured everyone that relevant authorities are closely looking into this matter, it still pays to keep yourself informed of what to do so as to be spared from humiliation, hassle and anxiety caused by the said airport modus.
1. Know what you should do in case a bullet is found inside your bag.
2. Being proactive and vigilant can be your best weapons in case you'd be victimized.
3. Keep an eye on all your travel bags.
— Maria Ressa (@maria_ressa) November 5, 2015
Strictly monitor all your belongings and never leave them unattended. And when passing through airport security X-ray and walk-thru metal detectors, you should never lose sight of your respective luggage. Make sure you immediately retrieve your bags as they exit the X-ray machine.
4. Refrain from accepting any luggage or items from strangers.
Philippines airport bullet-in-bag scam hits travelers https://t.co/ssnwgBGZXi pic.twitter.com/Kwiudb3oxM — CNN (@CNN) November 4, 2015
Be mindful that you never let anyone handle your belongings -- away from strangers.
5. Close, lock and seal everything.
All zippers, pouches and pockets of your luggage must be closed, locked and sealed so that if the seal gets broken, a passenger or someone will immediately notice that your bag was actually opened without your permission. You may seem paranoid, yes. But it's a lot better than be sorry.