Man with Covid-19 is caught wearing a niqab and pretending to be his WIFE after boarding a flight in Indonesia
- Husband’s wife tested negative for Covid so he tried to use her ID and PCR result
- He was wearing a niqab and went through security and boarded the plane in Jakarta
- He changed in the bathroom of the plane and was noticed by a flight attendant
An Indonesian man with Covid-19 has been caught disguising himself as his wife by wearing a niqab to board a plane.
The man, who has only been named as DW, wore the Muslim garment covering the body and face as he boarded the Citilink domestic flight from Jakarta to his hometown of Ternate.
The passenger’s wife had tested negative for Covid, so he tried to use her ID and negative PCR results to travel.
An Indonesian man with Covid-19 has been caught disguising himself as his wife by wearing a niqab to board a Citilink flight (file image)
The passenger successfully navigated airport security checks and managed to board and was halfway through the journey before being tampered with.
A flight attendant told authorities she saw him enter the plane’s bathroom and come back in men’s clothes instead of the niqab.
She told the airport bosses in Ternate who stopped him as he got off the plane.
A health official immediately tested him for Covid and the PCR gave a positive result, according to CNN.
Operational chief of the Ternate Covid Task Force, Muhammad Arif Gani, said: “The airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 Handling Task Force team to evacuate the man while wearing personal protective equipment, then put him in a ambulance to his home to self-isolate, where he will be escorted by Task Force officers.”
The man, who has only been named as DW, wore the Muslim garment covering his body and face while boarding the domestic flight (file image)
After he completed his self-isolation period, police said they planned to prosecute DW.
Mr Gani said airport security will be stepped up with additional screening in response to the incident.
Citilink is a low-cost airline operated by Garuda Indonesia, the country’s flag carrier.
Like many other countries, Indonesia is experiencing an increase in Covid infections and is currently Asia’s hot spot for the virus.
Many of the latest cases have been confirmed to be the Delta variant that has spread all over the world.