OFW exposes modus of ticketing office, NAIA airport police

One brave overseas Filipino worker has exposed the modus operandi of a ticketing office and alleged airport police at NAIA-T1 arrival area.

Niel Caubat Laude, a rig electrician in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, posted on Facebook his personal experience to warn fellow OFWs of what he calls a "racket" inside the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

Based on his story, a group composed of an unidentified airport police, a certain Bert and his driver, and a reservations officer of a ticketing office in Parañaque City are involved in the scheme.

Laude posted a business card which bares the name of the ticketing office as "Airport Travel Express."

  • Based on Laude's story, it appears that the group victimizes travelers who miss the shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
  • An airport police will approach the traveler, call Bert, and then instruct him and his driver to take the target to the next terminal.
  • While approaching Terminal 2, Bert will suddenly instruct the driver to take an alternative route that passes a road with heavy traffic.
  • As the traveler gets stuck in traffic and miss the domestic flight, Bert will offer an overnight stay at their ticketing office and tell the victim to purchase a plane ticket there.
  • The ticketing office has a guest house with "double deck and CR" in the room but according to Laude, their ticket is 100% overpriced compared to that of the airline.
Here's a screenshot of Laude's Facebook post as well as photos of the ticketing office and several documents:

Have you encountered a similar experience? Share your thoughts. Also, please don't forget to share this post on social media to raise awareness among travelers, particularly OFWs.