Deported OFW from Saudi Loses More Than P42,000, an iPhone, and Pieces of Jewelry in Check-in Luggage
Just a few days ago, one Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) brought up his anger and dismay on social media about losing his money and valuables upon checking his luggage in at the airport. As seen on the accompanying video, a woman who was plopped down on the floor has gone through the same ordeal as that of the said OFW.
According to Andrew Montes, an OFW who was deported from Saudi, they were told to put their valuables inside their check-in luggage before boarding the Saudia Airlines flight back to Manila last November 17, 2018, because those were allegedly not allowed.
“Doon sa Jeddah, bago kami sinalang sa immigration process, sinabihan na kami na bawal ‘yung mga relo, jacket, medyas. Ilalagay daw po namin lahat sa aming baggage,” Montes divulged on the Facebook post.
Since he was being deported, Montes did not argue any longer as he did not want any more trouble to ensue. So, he obliged with what he was told to do. He made sure to put all his valuables inside a backpack which he then put inside a bigger luggage for safekeeping. The bag was securely taped but much to his dismay, someone still managed to tamper with his belongings.
“Naka-tape pa po yung bag ko na black. Tapos may backpack sa loob para safe. Pagdating ko po sa Terminal 1, kalat na po ‘yung dalawang bag ko instead na isa lang,” Montes revealed.
Although he was not so sure whether the items went missing when he was still in Saudi or had only been taken at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the OFW was very disappointed about the items lost in his luggage.
Aside from losing an iPhone and all his watches, he also lost some rings, bracelets, and cash worth of 3,000 Saudi riyals or more than P42,000.
He decided to share the incident on social media out of anger. Prior to posting, Montes already filed a complaint about the incident before Saudia representatives at NAIA and the airline assured him that they would pay for the lost items.
However, after a few days, the OFW received an email stating that the airline is not responsible for the loss of the aforementioned items, hence they are not liable for them, and won’t pay Montes after all.