BI Eyes to Charge Against Airline Involved in Security Breach

BI Plans to File Case Against Airline Following Security Breach

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) plans to file charges against the airline reportedly involved in a security breach.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco is considering slapping penalties against the airline over a recent security breach. According to Tansingco, the incident occurred when a Congolese passenger who was initially alone exited Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and was later apprehended.

BI Airline Security Breach

Tshapa Guimick Basaga, 31, was denied entry into the country on June 18 after arriving from Ethiopia “for being likely to become a public charge.” In accordance with immigration law, he was immediately transferred to an airline for the next flight back to the port of origin and temporarily transferred to the airport’s day room.

The airline’s on-duty security guard, however, informed BI Border Control Intelligence Unit (BCIU) authorities that Basaga was gone from the airline’s possession. Basaga exited the airport day room and made his way to the taxi bay area.

He was seen once more inside the airport terminal, this time attempting to enter the immigration area to recover his passport. According to Tansingco, this is a severe security violation because the subject was denied access but was able to leave the airport premises unnoticed.

According to the law, it is the airline’s responsibility to protect him and guarantee that he boards his return trip, he added. Tansingco verified that Basaga was returning to Ethiopia. According to the BI Chief, their legal team is considering bringing sanctions against the airline.

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