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Manila’s NAIA Wants To Regain Its Title As World’s Worst Airport

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – From 2011 to 2013, Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) topped the list of the world’s worst airports as compiled by an international travel website. Now, NAIA is desperate to regain that title and is doing all it can to make it happen.

Late last year, NAIA made headlines because of laglag bala (bullet drop), a scheme in which unscrupulous airport personnel plant live bullets into the luggage and bags of unsuspecting passengers for the purpose of extorting money.

The latest scheme, as reported by The Inquirer, is called laglag kisame (ceiling drop) in which portions of the airport’s passenger terminal ceiling collapse without warning.

The latest incident involved the collapse of a portion of the ceiling of a restaurant inside Terminal 3, causing injury to an American passenger, Day Adam Warner.

Similar mishaps happened inTerminal 2 in December 2012, where a Hong Kong-bound passenger was injured; and inTerminal 1 in February 2014. In addition, many passengers  have complained of leaking ceilings, collapsed floors, malfunctioning equipment, congestion, dilapidated facilities, rude or corrupt personnel and several airport taxi scams.

Following the latest incident, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory asking American citizens flying in or out of NAIA to wear protective hard hats to ensure their safety while inside the airport terminal.


ammo (1)NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Rumors have been circulating that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be named Time magazine’s 2016 ‘Person of the Year.’

Well, those rumors can now be put to rest.

Time has announced that it has finally chosen its ‘Person of the Year.’ And it is not a person.

The magazine’s editors chose the laglag bala scheme that has dominated the tourism and travel industry for most of 2016’s third quarter.

Laglag bala (bullet planting) is a scheme at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) whereby airport personnel plant bullets in bags and luggage of unsuspecting airline passengers as a way of extorting money.

The scheme, although minimized by President Aquino as “isolated,” has created a huge impact on travel and business not only in the Philippines but worldwide.

Because of the scheme, many travelers cancelled their business or leisure trips to Manila for fear of being victimized themselves.  Those who had no choice but to fly into or out of NAIA had to resort to wrapping their luggage with plastic to avoid being targeted by the schemers.  Even U.S. President Barack Obama who attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit meeting in Manila last month was advised by the State Department to wrap his briefcase with plastic upon arrival and departure from NAIA.

Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ profiles persons, groups, or things, that have had the most impact on world events for any given year.

Because of the scheme’s worldwide impact, the Philippine government even gave it a new international name — Airport Ammo Interception.

This is only the second time that a non-person was named by Time.  The first was in 1982, when Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ was the computer.


Photo: Inquirer.net | Jeannette I. Andrade
Photo: Inquirer.net | Jeannette I. Andrade

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last week, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for Americans flying into and out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. The advisory urged travelers to bring raincoats, umbrellas and boots to avoid being soaked in rainwater leaking from the ceiling of NAIA’s Terminal 1.

Manila’s Airport Authority was ordered by Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino to immediately fix the problen to avoid further embarrassment for the country.  NAIA has continued to top the list of the world’s worst airports.

Because the airport renovation’s budget 1.3 Billion has all but been expended, the Airport  Authority came up with a brilliant idea to fix the problem without costing a lot of money.

Today, NAIA unveiled its new, art nouveau decor consisting of blue and orange tarpaulins that hung just below the leaking ceiling. The artwork doubles up as a catch basin in the event of another rainstorm similar to that which triggered the water leak.

Incoming and outgoing passengers were very impressed at the new artwork saying that they have never seen anything like it in any of the world’s international airports.