Couple caught trying to smuggle baby in carry-on bag to enter UAE

Couple caught trying to smuggle baby in carry-on bag to enter UAE

Sharjah : United Arab Emirates | Jul 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM PDT
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Baby in a bag

A couple from Egypt , has been charged after allegedly trying to smuggle their five-month-old child into the United Arab Emirates by putting the baby boy into their carry-on luggage on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The couple had arrived on Friday Sharjah International Airport, but were denied entry because they did not have a visa or passport for the baby. Airport authorities were allowing them to stay in the airport until the visa office opened on Sunday, according to Emirates 24/7.

But, rather than wait, the couple zipped the boy inside a carry-on bag and tried to sneak him through security.An X-ray worker spotted the baby in the bag.

Both parents have been arrested for exposing the child to dangerous conditions and radiation in the bag, and a Sharjah Police spokesman told press:

“When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned.This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through . . . They have put the life of their child at risk.”

This is the amazing part — it appears the parents got caught not at the airport they departed from, but rather, the airport at which they arrived.

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An Arab couple has been charged after trying to smuggle a five-month-old child into the United Arab Emirates by putting the baby in their carry-on luggage.
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