By a staff
reporter-Khaliij Times ,31st March 2002
Dubai,United Arab Emirates.
the X-ray machine while scanning passengers' baggage is a
routine job for police personnel at Dubai Airport.
on Thursday what appeared on the screen was not the usual
baggage; policemen on duty were horrified when the screen
projected a human skeleton and skull.
shut down the machine and rushed to find out what was wrong.
What they saw was beyond their imagination - a man stuck inside
the machine amid a row of suitcases.
to airport sources, personnel on duty in the departures lounge
took the man out of the machine and rushed him to the airport
clinic where he was thoroughly examined for any adverse effect
of the incident.
it was ascertained that the man had not been harmed by the
machine, police started investigating the matter and interrogated
the Somali national, identified as Artine. W., who was transiting
Dubai on his way to Qatar.
claimed that he had entered the machine thinking that all
passengers had to go through a security check with their luggage
before boarding the plane.
that he did not know that the X-ray machine was only for the
baggage, nor did he know that he had to pass through a security
gate after putting his luggage on the X-ray machine's belt.
source said that the policeman on duty at the security gate
was busy with another passenger and did not notice the Somali
passenger lying on the X-ray belt.
added that after making sure that the passenger was in good
health, he was sent by a later flight to Qatar the same night.