A carry-on bag containing cash and other valuables was recovered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, the Airport Police Department (APD) said on Monday.
The bag, owned by a Hong Kong-bound Indian national, was recovered by APD Cpl. Benjamin Ventivingo.
It was later found out that the bag was inadvertently taken by a Filipino passenger who was catching his flight for Busan, South Korea on Friday.
According to reports, the Indian passenger identified as Amrit Pal submitted his luggage to x-ray inspection at the initial security check manned by members of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS). It was there when his belongings went missing.
Pal suspected that another passenger who maybe in a hurry may have picked it up wrongly because an identical carry-on bag was left behind at the same x-ray section.
He informed police at the airport’s departure area about his lost luggage and the luggage that is identical.
The officer asked Ventivingo and other OTS representatives to verify the owner of the other bag through its luggage tag and supporting documents inside the bag.
The police traced the owner of the other bag at the pre-departure boarding gate waiting for the flight.
The passenger, later identified as Andres Abonales, a Filipino seafarer, was surprised upon learning that the carry-on luggage that he was carrying was owned by Pal which contained two cellular phones, US2,000 cash and 5,000 Indian rupees in various denominations, including Pal’s passport and plane ticket.