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THANKFUL TOURIST | Taiwanese gets back bag with $8,000 at NAIA

Eddie Yang (right) and Office of Transport Security's Gerry Asuncion look at the contents of the bag that Yang inadvertently left at the X-Ray carousel. ERIC APOLONIO/
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MANILA – For Taiwanese tourist Eddie Yan (Yu-Te Yang), the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines” has taken a deeper meaning after airport authorities returned a bag containing $8,000 and other valuables he inadvertently left at the initial X-Ray screening area of NAIA Terminal 1.

Yang, who was with a group of tourists from Taipei, breezed through the arrival checks, but returned to the initial screening area to check on his friends, who were delayed at the Customs area. He put his bag down on the X-Ray carousel and forgot about it.

Luckily, airport screener Richard Sison of the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) retrieved Yang’s bag and turned it over to his immediate supervisor Gerry Asuncion, who then reported and submitted the bag to airport Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) for proper inventory and custody.

At this juncture, Yang realized his mistake and was reporting his loss to airport authorities when to his surprise, his bag was already in police custody.

Accompanied by his friends, a visibly shaken Yang retrieved his bag, which had not been opened.

Upon inventory, the bag contains $8,000 in cash, a Rollei digicam, Asus laptop, ATM cards, and other valuable documents.

At Monday morning’s flag-raising ceremony, MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado was commending three other MIAA employees for returning cash and other valuable items recently recovered at the NAIA terminal.

Upon learning of this latest incident, Honrado immediately commended and praised the OTS for their good deed. “We are happy that honesty is becoming viral at the airport,” he said.