Macau-bound passenger carries bullet shells at NAIA

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The empty bullet shells found on Tan.

A Chinese passenger bound for Macau  on Friday morning was stopped by authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 for carrying eight empty bullet shells of caliber 45.

Manila International Airport Authority  general manager Ed Monreal identified the passenger as Cheng Li Tan, Chinese national, of Philippine Airlines flight PR-352 for Macau.

Tan was intercepted at 11:40 a.m. on August 18, at the final screening of the international departure area of the NAIA Terminal 2 by Office for Transportation Security personnel.

Monreal said that  after confiscation of the eight empty bullet shells and documentation of the incident, Tan was released and allowed to board his flight.

Tan told the investigator that he kept the empty bullet shells as souvenirs and he had no idea that it was prohibited to carry such items at the airport.

Meanwhile, one  live bullet of caliber 45 was  also intercepted at the same NAIA Terminal from another departing passenger.

Monreal identified the passenger as Fidela Galinato, 81, of Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, of Philippine Airlines flight PR-736 bound for Bangkok, Thailand.

Monreal said Galinato was intercepted at 11:45 am at the departure area of the NAIA Terminal 2 on August 18.

Monreal added after confiscation of the live bullet and documentation of the incident, Galinato was allowed to board her flight.

Galinato told the investigator that she kept the live bullet as an amulet to drive away bad luck.