Palit-kandado: Passenger claims padlock on luggage switched

Thea Alberto-Masakayan, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 03 2015 08:18 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2015 05:31 PM

BEWARE SA NAIA TERMINAL 3PADLOCK GANG * MUST SHAREGrabe na tlaga ang airport sa pinas , October 30, 2015 (NAIA T3 International flight ) kung makikita nio po sa video pinaltan po nila ang lock ng maleta at sinira din ang harapan ng maleta kaya napilitan kame sirain ito. Please share guys para sa awareness ng iba na di lng pala pag bbukas ng maleta gngwa nla ngaun may mga padlock na sila. Take note d lng pag tatanim ng bala ang modus nla cgro bago to

Posted by Mary Ebron on Friday, October 30, 2015

(UPDATE) A 47-year-old passenger from Australia reveals she was not a victim of the "tanim-bala" modus but a different kind of tampering of her luggage.

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Maria Remedios Ferreras, 47, flew to Manila from Australia, with a lay-over in Singapore, via Singapore Airlines last October 30.

When she arrived, she took her luggage from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 conveyor belts and went to her hometown in Laguna.

When she got home, Ferreras saw that the outer pocket of her luggage had been destroyed and the main lock of her luggage replaced.

"Hindi ko na-notice nung kuhain ko sa conveyor. I pulled it and went straight to the car. I put a red padlock, put something to recognize the bag," Ferreras told ABS-CBN News.

Her niece, Mary Ebron took a video of Ferreras' inspection of her luggage. The video, which was uploaded on Facebook, has since gone viral, with over one million views as of this posting.

Ferreras said her main lock had been replaced by a typical gold padlock. She said she had to destroy the lock because she had no key for the new one.

"Wala naman nawala. Wala mapapaginteresan. I don't really know what's the purpose na pinalitan ang lock," she said.

Although Ferreras didn't lose anything, she said the experience was still disturbing.

"Nakakatakot lang kasi. They can access your personal belongings easily and they can put something na mapapahamak ka," said Ferreras.

She said that apart from the scandal of being arrested, of incurring expenses, and of the hassle of missing your flight, passengers are scared of being accused of a crime they did not commit.

"Nakakatakot ang eskandalo, gastos, maaabala lakad mo. Pero what if drugs ang ilagay? Puwede nila gawin 'yun. Ok lang manakawan ka pero paano kung drugs ang ilagay, paano kung masangkot ka?" she added.

Ferreras said these days, even a good padlock is not enough security.

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A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told ABS-CBN News that they are already communicating with Ferreras.

"We are currently in touch with the customer and our ground handling staff are looking into this case," the airline said in a statement Thursday.

Ferreras said she now plans to avail of cling-wrap services so her luggage will not be tampered with.

While Ferreras feels helpless, she is hoping that the government will quickly act on such cases at the country's main airport.