A couple abandoned their baby at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport by leaving it at the baggage check. The couple, who were running late for their Ryan Air flight to Brussels and had not bought a ticket for the child, left the infant in a car seat at the check-in counter.
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The Israeli Airport Authority stated, “A Belgian couple and their infant arrived too late for a flight at Terminal 1 without a ticket for the baby. The couple, who missed the check-in deadline, left the baby in the infant seat and attempted to reach the boarding gate by rushing towards the security checks at Terminal 1.”
According to a Ryan Air spokesperson, “The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport contacted Airport Security, who retrieved these passengers, and this is now a matter for local police.”
Ryan Air charges a fee for infants sitting on a parent’s lap, and a full ticket price if they wish to use a car seat. The identity of the parents has not been revealed, and it is unclear what they thought would happen after leaving their child behind. Hopefully, these parents will face some stiff consequences for treating their baby like luggage.