Passengers retrieve cash, other valuables left behind in airports

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

November 28, 2023, 7:29 pm

<p>NAIA Terminal 2 <em>(File photo courtesy of MIAA</em>) </p>

NAIA Terminal 2 (File photo courtesy of MIAA

MANILA – Two passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) retrieved valuables they left behind at Terminal 2 during the last two weeks, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) shared on Tuesday.

A man bound for General Santos left his wedding ring at the screening checkpoint but immediately got it back from a security screening officer (SSO).

"Maybe after body frisking, he forgot that he had placed the ring on a tray. As a procedure, (the SSO) should wait for the passenger to return because they are not allowed to leave the area," OTS spokesperson Kim Marquez told the Philippine News Agency.

She added that if there are no claimants, the SSO should turn over the item to the airport's Lost and Found section.

A passenger bound for Tacloban City, Leyte left his wallet containing an estimated PHP10,000 cash at the screening area but SSO Shere Melody Docena was quick to inform the checkpoint supervisor about it.

The passenger eventually retrieved the wallet.

Other incidents involved a passenger who recovered her bag with approximately PHP20,000 cash at Boracay gateway Caticlan Airport and several gadgets that were turned over to their owners.

The gadgets included a laptop, tablet, mobile phone and a smartwatch, according to the OTS. (PNA)