Mentally-ill, passport-less Filipino had a free round-trip to South Korea

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reports that a thirty-five year-old female resident of Aureliana, Patnongon, Antique happened to travel from Kalibo Airport to Incheon, South Korea without presenting proper documents and airline ticket. Leah Castro Reginio boarded Philippine Air Lines flight PR490 bound for Incheon International Airport last January 22.

Upon reaching South Korea, she was questioned by South Korean Immigration after failing to present passport and ticket, however, she only responded with smiles. She was then repatriated January 23 via PAL flight PR489.

During her two flights she was provided with in-flight meals.

On her return, CAAP found out that she is suffering from a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real, schizophrenia. Reginio said she dreams of traveling from places to places.

Though charges may not be filed, CAAP will conduct a thorough investigation to know where the error occurred. “This does not sit well with the worldwide effort to ensure the safety of airports and airline passengers from potential terrorist act,” an unnamed airport official said as quoted by “Heads should not only roll but a thorough review of the security procedure should be immediately put forward.”