Tuesday, March 26, 2024

When Immigration Interrogation Leads to Missing Flights

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Missing a flight is not fun. Not only did you waste time packing for your things the night before but you also wasted the money that you’ve spent with buying the plane ticket. Sometimes people often miss their flight because their flights are way too early to begin with and, to be honest, waking up at 4 am to catch a 6 am flight is also not fun at all. However, the story of the missed flight of a tourist, Julieanne Dela Cruz, is not a story of tardiness on her part but of an unexplained concern.

She vented her anger through social media by posting a picture of her boarding pass together with her passport and ticket with a full narration of what happened of her flight.

On Jul 17th, Dela Cruz missed her flight to Singapore when an immigration official asked her for a ‘brief’ interview at the Nonoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) just a few minutes before boarding. Confused, Dela Cruz came with them and waited for an hour and a half to be interviewed.

‘…every 10 to 20 minutes nagre-remind ako na baka pwede na akong ma-interview kasi boarding ko na. Lagi nilang sinasabi sa’kin, ‘Saglit lang, Ma’am. I-interviewhin lang naman kayo niyan. Mabilis lang ‘yun,” she wrote on her post on June 18, 2015, only a day after the incident.

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After waiting for a long time, a certain Ms. Rezano came in with only 10 minutes before Dela Cruz’ boarding time. In the interview, Dela Cruz was asked many question such as if the person she is indeed visiting is indeed her relative. With this, Dela Cruz presented her passport together with other immigration requirements such as the invitation and the Singapore and Philippine ID of the person she was going to be visiting. A few minutes later, a personnel from Cebu Pacific told her that they already closed the door.

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When she thought that her interview is over, Ms. Rezano, asked for the birth certificate of her deceased grandfather. Ms Rezano then said that the birth certificate is a proof that where she was staying in Singapore is her real relative because her family name, Dela Cruz, is pretty common.

“Napaka-imposible naman na magdala pa ako ng documents ng lolo kong patay na sa pag-tour ko? Kahit sinong mag-tour, walang magdadala ng pinapadala niya,” she added.

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Indeed it is impossible for a passenger to bring with them a birth certificate of their deceased grandparents when they are going to be visiting a relative abroad.

Because of the incident, Dela Cruz had to pay P9.000 to rebook her flight saying that she feels like she was scammed from what happened. “Para akong na-scam dahil sa nangyari na ‘yung ticket ko pala binasura na nila dahil naiwan ako kaka-interview sa immigration,” she said.

The Bureau of Immigration hasn’t yet released an official statement about what happened during the incident.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. I had experienced same thing too..hinahanapan ako ng birth certificate ng taong nag sponsor sa akin…kahit kumpleto sa lahat ng alam important doc.hahanap at hahanapan ka ng gusot para ma offload..di nila iniisip na malaking pera ang nasasayang kapag ino offload nila ang kababayan nila.ang rason nila to avoid human trafficking..eh bat di na lang nila tanungin kung may tao bang nag advice sa tourist aspirants na kung ano ang dapat na isagot…immigratio

  2. Yan ang isang dahilan kung bakit ang bansa natin ay d umusad ,walang daan na matuwid lahat ay puro papugi lamang ,saka d pantay ang pag trato sa mamayan porke mahirap ka dami hinahanap pero mayamang kriminal lusot agad ,mga dakilang pulitiko reforma at malasakit naman kayo sa kapwa nyo pilipino …..

  3. Yan ang isang dahilan kung bakit ang bansa natin ay d umusad ,walang daan na matuwid lahat ay puro papugi lamang ,saka d pantay ang pag trato sa mamayan porke mahirap ka dami hinahanap pero mayamang kriminal lusot agad ,mga dakilang pulitiko reforma at malasakit naman kayo sa kapwa nyo pilipino …..

  4. Yan ang isang dahilan kung bakit ang bansa natin ay d umusad ,walang daan na matuwid lahat ay puro papugi lamang ,saka d pantay ang pag trato sa mamayan porke mahirap ka dami hinahanap pero mayamang kriminal lusot agad ,mga dakilang pulitiko reforma at malasakit naman kayo sa kapwa nyo pilipino …..

  5. That’s what happened to my friend who came here. She and her friend have to rebook the ticket. They missed their flight because of the immigration interrogation. I’ve heard a lot of this story. Seems they purposely make the interrogation so they can rebook their ticket. .hmmmm.. smells fishy..

  6. Hindi ko makalimotan ang ginawa nang taga immigration sa akin noon matandang babae nag interview sa akin at pinagsasabi pa sa mga tao na nakipagrelation ako sa isang matandang foreigner grbe talaga at hindi na cla nakontinto tinanung natalaga ako magkano pera ko sa wallet ko! Wala clang nagawa dhil hindi ko pinakita pera ko at sinabi ko ko lang wala na akong pera! Grbe wag na tayong mahpaluko sa mga taong ganyan!

  7. Na experience ko din po iyan. complete docs po ako then ung interviewer sabi sy ng sabi na Hay nagu gutom ako prng ang sarap ng pancit. Iniintay view ny ko at kung anu anong docs hi hinahanap ny at patayo tayo tpos iba nmn uupo. cnvhn n din ako ng tauhan ng airline n ako nlng iniintay hangang sa nag closed n nga ung door ng airplane..bwisit n interviewer un. nagpa rebook tuloy ako ng ticket at nag hotel s manila kc the following day din flight ko. ma tinDi p after svhin nung llki n closed n ung door tsaka ny tinatakan n pwede n ko mg exit. kapal ng muka tlg ns immigration. pang pancit lng pl gusto eh hnd p ko diretso hin.

  8. The BI Officer should be held responsible for her delay and pay for the rebooking. The BI employess are arrogant and they think they are above the law and can do anything just to annoy a passenger. Geez! Asking for your grand parents birth certificate! That’s an idiotic request on the part of the BI Officer.

  9. The BI Officer should be held responsible for her delay and pay for the rebooking. The BI employess are arrogant and they think they are above the law and can do anything just to annoy a passenger. Geez! Asking for your grand parents birth certificate! That’s an idiotic request on the part of the BI Officer.

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