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Staff at a Tel Aviv airport were shocked this week after a couple abandoned their baby at check-in after refusing to buy a ticket for the child.
The pair were reportedly flying from the city in Israel to Brussels on a Ryanair flight and attempted to board.
However, it turns out they hadn’t actually purchased a ticket for their baby.
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On buses and trains young children are often able to fly for free, however on flights this only applies to little ones between 14 days old and two.
Sadly, it seems the parents decided to risk it and get on the flight without paying for a third pass.
The duo – who had Belgian passports – refused to pay for the child’s ticket when airline staff asked them to.
They seemed to have the child in a pram as they went to passport control, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Unfortunately, as they went through the border control line they seemingly abandoned the baby in the stroller and tried to get on the flight without them.
Airport staff noticed and called the police who took the couple in for questioning.
A Ryanair manager at the desk claimed everyone who spotted the incident was shocked and horrified that the newborn had simply been abandoned.
"We've never seen anything like this," the manager said.
"We couldn't believe what we were seeing."
The couple had apparently arrived late to Terminal 1 in Tel Aviv after the check-in counter had closed, reports the Israel Airports Authority.
They then wanted to go through security swiftly and board their flight – but left the child by the conveyor belt.
In a statement, Ryanair told LADbible : “These passengers travelling from Tel Aviv to Brussels (31 Jan) presented at check-in without a booking for their infant.
"They then proceeded to security leaving the infant behind at check-in.
"The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport contacted Airport Security, who retrieved these passengers, and this is now a matter for local police.”
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