Japanese held for kicking boy inside plane: MIAA report

Raoul Esperas

Posted at Feb 17 2017 05:23 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2017 07:40 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - A Japanese man who allegedly kicked a boy on a flight to Manila was held by airport police upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from Cagayan de Oro on Thursday.

Businessman Shinomiya Kosuke, 40 years old, was on board a Philippine Airlines Express flight PR 2522 when the pilot, through PAL Operations Center, requested for police assistance regarding a reportedly unruly passenger on board. 

Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group immediately dispatched a team and held Shinomiya for questioning upon arrival. 

Initial information gathered by ABS-CBN disclosed that fellow passenger Joel Tan Chan requested police assistance after the Japanese allegedly kicked the left hand of Chan's 12-year-old nephew who was travelling with him from Cagayan de Oro.

According to the incident report of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Shinomiya allegedly kicked the boy’s hand after the child reclined his seat during the flight.
Shinomiya could face a complaint for violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children. 

Meantime, Shinomiya denied that he was arrested over the incident as initially reported.