As Airport grapples for foreign Tourists
30 July 2009
Passengers were immediately ordered to disembark and were ferried by bus to the terminal building. Francia said the passengers’ pieces of luggage were taken out of the cargo hold and individually inspected by the K-9 squad and arranged on the taxiway for identification by their respective owners.
Then the passengers were taken by bus from the terminal back to where the airplane was parked, to identify their belongings.
After an almost two-hour search, the Airbus 320 plane was cleared to fly at 5:45 p.m.
Mactan is the second gateway to the Philippines next to Manila. It handled 3.9 million passengers in 2008.