Couple caught trying to smuggle baby in their hand luggage
AN EGYPTIAN couple have been caught trying to smuggle a baby into the United Arab Emirates in their hand luggage.
The five-month-old infant was discovered by security teams at Sharjah Airport during routine arrival screenings when the bag passed through an X-ray machine, according to local newspaper reports.
Officials were astonished to see the outline of the child's body on their monitors and alerted police, who arrested the couple and charged them with endangering the baby’s life.
The child reportedly did not have a passport or visa for the United Arab Emirates.
“When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned,” a Sharjah Police official said.
“This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through.
“A case will now be raised against the mother and father, they both have visas to come to the UAE, but they have put the life of their child at risk.”
Another official added: "They were risking the life of the baby
"They said in an interrogation they'd resorted to sneaking him through inside a bag because he did not have a passport or visa and they wanted to have him with them in the UAE."
The couple are said to have been living in the UAE illegally previously but had decided to return home to Egypt so the mother could give birth in their home country.
The trio were said to have been held at airport immigration on Friday after staff found the child had no travel documents. However, during a shift change the family had sneaked out of the area, stowing the baby in the bag.
It was unclear how the infant had originally been allowed onto the plane.