Sunday, July 3, 2022

Beware of Airport Transfer, Airfare Scam at NAIA

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Airport officials are reportedly investigating an apparent scam involving airport security personnel at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the sale of overpriced air tickets to inbound travelers under the premise of missing their flights.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials admitted to hearing of the scheme in the past, but a recent case saw a victim — an overseas Filipino worker from the Middle East — described his experience over social media. According to MIAA Assistant General Manager for security and emergency services Jesus Gordon Descanzo, the unnamed OFW did not show up when sought for the name of the official involved in the scheme.

According to the OFW’s Facebook account, his flight arrived around 5pm on July 18 at NAIA Terminal 1. As he has to catch his domestic flight for Tacloban City in Terminal 3 at 6pm, he looked around for available shuttle that would transfer him from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. He found none.

He added that an airport policeman approached him and asked if he already had a ticket to fly to Tacloban. When he replied he already has, the police officer called a man whom will suppsedly help bring him to his destination terminal.

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The OFW and the man then boarded an airport tax which, he claimed, took the long route because they arrived at Terminal 3 past 6pm. After missing his flight, the OFW was prompted to book another air ticket worth P5,750 recommendended by his companion. Instead of receiving an official receipt, the passenger was given a voucher.

With his flight not scheduled until the next day, the victim was taken to a guesthouse where he met another passenger who also shared the same experience. Sensing that he paid way higher airfare than he should, the OFW booked directly at the same airline’s ticketing office and was quoted P2,200 for the same flight sector.

Descanzo said Monday that the OFW initially got in touch with the MIAA to file a complaint.

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“He was supposed to meet with our case build-up team Monday last week and identify the member of the APD [who scammed him]. But he did not show up,” he told the Inquirer.

But the OFW reportedly did not show up.

Descanzo also said the man deactivated his Facebook account which he used to share his experience. Calls to his number also went unanswered.

Nonetheless, the MIAA has initiated its investigation on the airline ticketing office that issued overpriced ticket to the man.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Kailan ba titigil tong mga walang konsensyang mga buaya dyan sa NAIA?
    Kailangan pa bang may tumumba sa kanila para tumigil sila?
    Maraming kababayan natin ang nagpapakamatay sa ibang bansa tapos tataluhin pa ng kalahi natin pag dating sa pilipinas. Huwag na ninyo hintayin na may magdilim ang isip at abangan kayo pag labas ninyo ng bahay.

  2. Matagal na Yan kasi hatihati SILA sa kikitain KASAMA NA YONG BIG BOOS NILA .Di marunong mahiya ang mga twang tuwa pa ang mga Yan ang KAKAPAL Ng PAGMUMUKHA Ng mga Yan .ALAM NG MGA air port security Yan ,Kung sino sino ang mga Yan. MABUTI pa ang mga AIR PORT SECURITY MABABAIT AT MATULUNGIN . …PERO yung mga POLIS AIR PORT MASISIBA ANG MGA IYAN HAYUP SA DELEHENSIYA ANG MGA HAYUP na MGA AIR PORT POLIS.

  3. basta sa bansa natin na pilipinas ,talagang d nawawala ang mga mandurugas ,lalo sa public,kaya dtayo umuunlad kawawa naman yong tao travelling from middle east to her own countrysa halip na tulungan inuuna pa ang pangungurakot akala nila pinupulot ng isang ofw ang pera sa ibang bansa,mahiya naman kayo ang sinasahod ninyo at may parte sa kinikita namin d2 sa abroad hoy gising gobyerno…..

  4. One of the biggest scams at NAIA is the taxi service, I had to pay 1200p fixed fare to baclaren as only the registered airport taxis were allowed into the taxi area and it is all fixed price. When i got a taxi back to the terminal the next day to travel to the province it only cost me 300p and that was the metered fare. I have now learned to stay in the terminal, go to the top floor, departures, and get a taxi from there as it is so much cheaper.

  5. Oy Boss dyan sa NINOY INTERNATONAL AIR PORT HUWAG Mong sabihing wala kang alam sa mga KABULUKAN at KAGAGUHANG ginagawa Ng mga MAGNANAKAW Mong mga tauhan ano Ikaw BOSS na GAGO , INUTIL ,HAYUPP . Umalis kana dyan Di Ka marunong mag disiplina Ng Tao,o ,,,Di mo KANYANG linisin ang mga BULOK MONG MGA TAUHAN,

  6. Simply lng naman solusyon jan kung gusto nilang linisin ang NAIA. Kaso lng puro lahat at namamalakad ng Naia mga pipi,bulag at bingi or sadyang dedma lng. Kahit sa domestic meron din dun…Kung baga tradition na yan sa atin kelangan na lng ata is markahan yung calendar at bigyan ng “NAIA NATIONAL SCAMS DAY”para maipag celebrate naman nila ang araw ng panloloko ng ibang tauhan jan….mapataxi…mapasecu….mapabagahe….di na sila naawa sa mga OFW at mga pasahero….dami ng naka experience nyan kaso wala din naman ngyayari…take action sila pag hot issue na…tapos biglang makakalimutan na naman lahat….kung baga BALIK SA DATING GAWI…..hoy maglinis nga kayo jan…

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