AN outbound American woman was barred from leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 after a six-day-old baby was found inside her shoulder bag.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal identified the passenger as Jennifer Erin Talbot, 42, of Ohio, USA, who arrived at the NAIA terminal 3 before 6 a.m. yesterday, for her 8:10 a.m. flight to US via Narita, Japan on board Delta Air flight 180.
Citing a report from immigration authorities at the NAIA, Monreal said Talbot initially presented her passport to an immigration officer while the baby boy, born August 29, 2019, was inside her black handcarry bag.
Before reaching the final X-ray machine, Talbot brought out the baby from her bag and went through the body search while her luggage underwent x-ray.
Talbot proceeded to the pre-departure area to wait for her flight to start boarding passengers.
Moments later, Talbot was approached by an airline staff and asked for the passports and boarding passes for her and the baby, whom she covered with a sweater but whose feet were exposed.
When Talbot failed to present any documents for the baby boy whom she apparently planned to bring with her to the US, the airline staff immediately informed her supervisor and called the attention of the immigration who invited Talbot for questioning.
Monreal said Talbot was turned over to the NAIA-National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for proper disposition while the baby will remain in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development until his real parents are traced.
Initial information gathered show the baby is a Filipino and that the foreigner had just come from Davao.