Manila Bulletin

Why are COVID-positive airline passengers still showing up for their flights?


Manila Internatio­nal Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal has appealed to Filipinos not to take chances regarding their health condition even if they have scheduled flights.

Based on MIAA records, a total of 138 individual­s have been intercepte­d this year at the different security and airline checkpoint­s of Ninoy Aquino Internatio­nal Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2, and 3 for having positive reverse transcript­ion-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results. The covered period was from January 1 to April 15, 2021.

“Let us not take chances. The airport security and airline check-in staff will always check on your requiremen­ts and truth will be known in the process,” Monreal said.

The barred passengers have given a handful of reasons why they opted to go to the airport despite being potential spreaders of the deadly coronaviru­s disease (COVID-19).

The most common reason according to authoritie­s is that the passengers only learned about their test results upon arriving at NAIA.

Meanwhile, others claimed that they brought their test results with them but did not bother to look at it. There were also passengers who were allegedly told by their recruitmen­t agencies to proceed to NAIA and wait for the test results there.

Monreal expressed deep concern over this “utter disregard for safety guidelines”. He advised passengers to be responsibl­e travelers.

The MIAA management assured the public that the disinfecti­on of terminals and facilities are being done consistent­ly, on top of the observance of minimum public health standards.

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