Couple abandon their baby at Israeli airport check-in while attempting to board a flight
An infant was abandoned at a Tel Aviv airport by his parents, who tried to board their flight to Belgium without him after they failed to purchase a ticket for the child, authorities said.
Both parents were Belgian citizens and arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Jan 31 with their baby. They planned to fly Ryanair to Brussels, according to the Israeli Airport Authority told local Channel 12.
Officials claim that the family arrived late at Terminal 1 after the check-in counter closed and the parents were unable to or unwilling to purchase a ticket for their child.
Mom and Dad left the carrier together with their son, while they raced towards the security line to board the flight.
A short cellphone video that was recorded at the airport purports to show a woman looking at the baby in the carrier and exclaiming in Hebrew: She left him here, I swear!
Airport staff noticed the abandoned infant and followed the couple, then urged them to return for their son, before notifying airport security and the police.
The parents with their baby in tow were taken in for questioning, Channel 12 reported.
The couple and their baby ultimately did not make their flight, Israel Today reported.
A Ryanair manager at the airport told Channel 12: All our staffers were in shock. We’ve never encountered anything like this. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.