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Tel Aviv, abandoned newborn at the airport: left at check-in

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The Belgian couple had to catch Ryanair flight FR4710 to Brussels, but, apparently, did not buy a ticket for their son. So, after refusing to pay the €25 fee, which triggered a fight with the operators, they went to passport control, leaving the child in his seat at the counter.

When company officials learned of this, a member of the ground crew led the couple to the check-in desk to hand over the baby and called the police. The parents were seized by the officers for questioning.

In a video published by the Israeli newsletter Mako The check-in staff appears in shock after the discovery: They gently move the blanket covering the seat and find the newborn inside.

Ryanair reported that “those passengers traveling from Tel Aviv to Brussels on January 31 showed up to check-in without a hold for their infant. They then proceeded through security and left the infant at check-in.”

However, on the company’s website, when purchasing a plane ticket, it is announced that a child sitting in the arms of an adult will be expected to pay 25 euros. Alternatively, the seat is paid for separately if the child is traveling in a car seat.

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