Man with Covid-19 is caught wearing a niqab and pretending to be his WIFE after boarding a flight in Indonesia
- The man’s wife tested negative for Covid so he tried to use her ID and PCR result
- He wore a niqab and passed through security and boarded the plane in Jakarta
- He changed clothes in the plane bathroom and was spotted by a flight attendant
An Indonesian man with Covid-19 has been caught disguising himself as his wife by wearing a niqab in order to board a flight.
The man, who has been named only as DW, wore the Muslim garment which covers the body and face while boarding 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 in order to travel.
An Indonesian man with Covid-19 has been caught disguising himself as his wife by wearing a niqab in order to board a Citilink flight (file image)
The passenger successfully navigated security checks at the airport and managed to board the plane and was midway through the journey before he was rumbled.
A flight attendant told authorities she saw him enter the plane bathroom and return wearing men’s clothes instead of the niqab.
She told airport bosses in Ternate who detained him once he disembarked from the plane.
A health officer immediately tested him for Covid, and the PCR returned a positive result, according to CNN.
Ternate Covid task force operational head 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, and then taking him in an ambulance to his house to self-isolate, where he will be supervised by Task Force officers.’
The man, who has been named only as DW, wore the Muslim garment which covers his body and face while boarding the domestic flight (file image)
Once he has carried out his self-isolation period, police said they intend to prosecute DW.
Mr Gani said airport security will be ramped up with extra screening in response to the incident.
Citilink is a low-cost carrier airline operated by Garuda Indonesia, the country’s flag carrier.
Like many countries, Indonesia is experiencing an uptick in Covid infections and is currently Asia’s hotspot for the virus.
Many of the newest cases are confirmed to be the Delta variant which has swept through the world.