Manila airport ‘bullet scam’ to be investigated

Authorities in the Philippines have called for an investigation into an alleged ‘bullet scam’ at Manila's international airport following complaints from travellers.

Manila airport investigates alleged 'bullet scam'.

Manila airport investigates alleged 'bullet scam'. Image by Richard Elzey / CC BY 2.0

The alleged scam sees bullets being placed in a passenger’s luggage, and the passenger then being forced to pay a fine after the bullets are ‘discovered’ during  the security screening.  In the two most recent reported incidents, a Japanese tourist was arrested for not having the appropriate authorisation for carrying ammunition after two bullets were found in his luggage, and an overseas Filipino worker detained after a bullet was found in her hand luggage. Read more: bbc.co.uk

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