PASAY CITY - A 24-year old male passenger bound for Davao, and identified to be a certain John Louie Dela Vega, was intercepted with a flick knife concealed inside his shoe last Thursday, 22 July 2021, while undergoing the usual security check at the final security screening checkpoint of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
According to a report rendered by OTS Security Screening Supervisor, Dela Vega passed through the walkthrough metal detector and triggered the alarm thrice. When asked to remove his shoes, Dela Vega apparently refused to remove it in public. Hence, OTS SSOs informed him that he can be refused entry, if the alarm remains unresolved. Dela Vega then proceeded to the private screening area where he was assisted by OTS SSOs, and Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group personnel. The process was witnessed by his relatives who accompanied him. This is when a flick knife was discovered inside his shoe.
The incident was properly recorded and turned over to the PNP AVSEGROUP for proper disposition.
Considering later that Dela Vega does not pose a threat, he was later allowed by the PNP to board and continue with his flight, while the subject flick knife was confiscated and discarded.
OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul Del Rosario reminded the riding public that such concealment of highly prohibited items, could pose suspicions on the person of the passenger, and could possibly put him/her under strict scrutiny by airport authorities.
"Paalala lang po ulit sa ating mga kababayan, wag na po natin subukan kung makakalusot itong mga prohibited items na ganito. We have sophisticated security screening technologies, complemented by competent and skilled security screening personnel trained to detect prohibited items on a day to day basis. Kayo lang po ang malalagay sa alanganin."
He added, "Bago po tayo bumiyahe, ugaliin natin alamin ang mga pwede at bawal. Tignan po ninyo ang aming website (ots.gov.ph), marami po kaming impormasyon na makakatulong sa inyong pagbiyahe. Kung hindi naman po intensyon dalhin, maaari nyo pong isurrender agad ito sa SSO natin, or kung may kamag-anak kayo na naghatid, maaari nyo rin pong iwan nalang sakanila. Pero hindi nyo po yan maaaring bitbitin sa eroplano, dahil ang polisiya po namin, kapag bawal po, ay bawal."