NAIA's Office of Transportation Security members accused of new "modus"

This is the second foreigner in a week.


( According to a report by, another Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) passenger claimed to be a victim of “planted” contraband. On Thursday morning of September 17, 20-year-old American missionary Lane Michael White from Florida, accused the security at NAIA of placing a .22-caliber bullet in his luggage. White was scheduled to take a flight to Coron, Palawan together with his family.


After insisting that the contraband was not his and refusing to pay the P30,000 he was asked to pay, he was charged with illegal possession of ammunition before Pasay City Judge Pedro Gutierrez. After posting a P40,000 bail, White got out on Tuesday, spending six days in jail. He returned to the airport on Wednesday to report his experience to the Media Affairs Office and to file a complaint against NAIA’s Office of Transportation Security (OTS) personnel.


White is the second foreigner in a week to make accusations against airport personnel operating the departure area X-ray scanner where members of OTS are assigned. Earlier, a wheelchair-bound American woman was also found with .22-caliber bullets in her luggage pockets. She stated that she had to shell out P500 to an OTS staff before she was allowed to board her flight back to California.



OTS Spokesman Jonathan Maliwat claims that he did not know of White’s case, while the two OTS members that were mentioned by the American woman have been suspended pending an investigation.

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