Since the start of the pandemic we’ve seen an alarming number of stories of people intentionally boarding flights after having tested positive for coronavirus. However, this story is a new one for me, and is on a whole different level.
COVID-positive man disguises himself as wife to fly
This past Sunday, a man with coronavirus managed to sneak onto a domestic flight in Indonesia. The incident occurred on a Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate. Due to surging coronavirus cases in Indonesia, the country requires a negative coronavirus test in order to fly.
Well, one man tested positive for coronavirus, but still wanted to fly, rather than waiting until he was better. So he got creative — he disguised himself as his wife by wearing a niqab, and he carried his wife’s ID, vaccination certificate, and negative coronavirus test. He managed to board the flight without issue, and almost got away with it.
Where this plan backfired
During the 1,500-mile flight, the man decided to change out of his disguise, and into his regular clothes. A flight attendant noticed him changing in the lavatory, and obviously found this alarming, so reported him to the police. Upon landing he was arrested and given a coronavirus test, and he tested positive.
The man is now self isolating at home, though could face prosecution (including jail time) for his terribly irresponsible act.
It goes without saying that the guy was being reckless and inconsiderate. It’s at least noteworthy that he put more effort into this scheme than the average person who tries to fly with coronavirus does. It really seems like he got lazy when he decided to change mid-flight — he was so close to getting away with this.
An Indonesian man disguised himself as his wife in order to fly even though he had tested positive for coronavirus. He put on a niqab and used his wife’s identification, negative coronavirus test, and vaccine card. He almost got away with it, except for his decision to change mid-flight, which the crew caught onto.
I’m curious what kind of punishment this guy ends up getting…