Israeli authorities reported that a baby boy’s parents left him at a check-in desk at a Tel Aviv airport because they were running late for their flight and did not have a ticket for the child to fly.
The Israeli Airport Authority informed CNN that the unidentified parents, who were in possession of Belgian passports, left their baby in a carrier inside Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday.
According to the Israeli Airport Authority, the parents then “abandoned the infant seat with the baby and raced toward the security checks at Terminal 1 in an effort to reach the flight’s boarding gate.” Ryanair’s representative told CNN that because the baby did not have a reservation, the couple left the infant at check-in and proceeded to the security line.
It’s unclear if the parents couldn’t or didn’t want to buy a ticket for the infant. The airline representative stated, “The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport alerted Airport Security, who retrieved these individuals, and this is now a problem for local police.”
By the time police arrived, the infant had been reunited with his parents. “The baby was with the parents, and there is no further investigation,” an Israel Police spokesman told CNN. Ryanair employees were evidently shocked by the incident.
The entire staff was shocked. Such things that have never been seen before. We didn’t think what we were seeing was real. According to Israel Hayom, the parents never boarded the plane.