SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CBSDC) — An Egyptian couple is accused of trying to smuggle their 5-month-old child in their luggage at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.
Officials found the baby after the couple’s luggage went through an X-ray machine Saturday morning.
“When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned,” police officials told Gulf News. “This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through.”
According to Al Arabiya, the unidentified couple tried to sneak their young son through airport screening because they were originally denied entry due to their son not having a visa to enter the UAE.
“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,” a Sharjah police spokesperson told The Sun.
Police say the child could have died after being put in the luggage.
“A case will now be raised against the mother and father,” an official told Gulf News, “but they have put the life of their child at risk.”
There is no word how the couple originally got on the plane in Egypt without a visa for their 5-month-old son.