MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The x-ray machines and sniffing canines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are so fool-proof nothing goes past security without the fullest of screening.
A Balikbayan mom brought in a toy plane as a gift to her child in the Ilocos only to be told by security that it contained some contraband.
The boxed toy went through x-ray and dog-sniffing and the airport screener was 100% sure it contained some illegal substance.
The box was opened and the toy was broken, but there was no sign of any contraband. The screening officer merely said “I’m sorry.”
It turns out it was the x-ray machine that was broken. As for the dog? It wasn’t fed its lunch which affected its sniffing skills.
Moral of the story: don’t bring in toy planes into NAIA. Paper planes are just as fun for your kids.