Smugglers ... the family pictured at the airport after trying to smuggle in baby
A COUPLE were busted after trying to smuggle their baby into the United Arab Emirates - in their HAND LUGGAGE. The Egyptian husband and wife were arrested when airport security staff spotted the five-month-old in a bag scanner, which emits powerful X-rays.
They were denied entry after flying into the UAE’s Sharjah International Airport on Friday night as they lacked any official documents for the newborn.
Airport authorities allowed them to stay until the relevant office re-opened yesterday.
They decided to make a break for it and stash their baby in a bag when the shift staff changed.
But the pair were rumbled when security noticed the outline of the baby’s body on the screen. The couple have been charged with endangering the life of the baby who could have been exposed to radiation.
A Sharjah Police spokesman said: “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.”
Another police official said: “When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned.
“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.”
The pair reportedly left the UAE because the mother was pregnant and wanted to give birth at home in Egypt.
It is unclear how the child was initially placed onto the aircraft without a passport.
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