Police have received a flurry of complaints from travelers, including one Japanese, about airport workers here demanding hush money after apparently planting bullets in passengers’ luggage.
Police are heightening their monitoring of Manila International Airport staff through surveillance cameras.
According to police, 514 bullets were confiscated at the airport between January and October this year, compared with 92 in all of 2014.
In many cases, airport staff stopped passengers to show bullets supposedly detected in scanning their baggage. The passengers, who denied any knowledge of the bullets, were then asked for money to make the issue go away, according to police.
In one incident in September, an American tourist was detained for six days after denying any wrongdoing and refusing to pay 30,000 pesos (about 78,000 yen or $634), according to police.
Source and image: Asahi