Usually when we talk about fake Covid-19 tests for travel it’s buying a forged test (sometimes to save money on testing), or just going in search of a negative test. Some resorts in Mexico, Caribbean, and Latin America return test results – seemingly always negative – instantaneously, making one wonder whether any testing is really being done.
However in Indonesia one man took fake Covid tests for travel to a new level when he donned a burqa to impersonate his wife, who tested negative.
The man proceeded through East Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport security dressed as his wife – nearly his whole face covered by the burqa – and boarded a Citilink flight to Ternate airport 1500 miles to the Northeast. Presumably departing from the low cost airport, rather than Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, attracts less scrutiny.
However during the flight he changed clothes in the lavatory and a flight attendant noticed his sex change. They flagged this, and he was arrested on arrival. The man was given a Covid-19 antigen nasal swab test and tested positive for the virus.
“After the positive results of Covid-19, the airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 Handling Task Force team, to evacuate by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), then taken by ambulance to the house to self-isolate and will be supervised by Task Force officers ,” he said.
The passenger is being required to self-isolate at home, and officials insist they will “step up security screening efforts” because both airport security and Covid-19 screening could be fooled by drawing on the plot from Bosom Buddies.
(HT: Tommy L)