Tel Aviv, parents abandon newborn at the airport because they didn’t have a ticket

Two parents with Belgian passports were arrested by police after leaving their child at check-in at Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, according to CNN. The couple allegedly attempted to board a Ryanair flight from Tel Aviv to Brussels without a ticket for their child. When they were asked to obtain a regular travel ticket for the little one too, they allegedly refused to pay and apparently left their child in the stroller as they walked towards passport control. Airport staff noticed the incident and contacted the police, who found the parents and took them away for questioning.

Ryanair’s reply

Ryanair’s desk manager said: “All the workers were in shock. We’ve never seen anything like it. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.” State aviation officials told Israeli Mako News that the two appeared eager to get through security, with or without their baby. “The couple arrived late for their flight after the flight check-in desks were closed,” the Israeli airport authority said. “The two parents left the basket with the child and wanted to board towards the security check terminal to reach the departure gate,” the authority said. A shift manager from QAS, who manages services at Ben-Gurion, “took the couple back to the flight desks to pick up the baby and called the police and a security guard.”