- Video appears to show the moments after a baby was ditched by his parents at a Tel Aviv airport.
- “She left him here!” a woman can be heard saying in the video, published by local outlet N12.
- The parents arrived late for their flight and didn’t have a ticket for the infant, authorities said.
A cell phone video appears to show the moments after a baby boy was abandoned this week by his parents at an airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, leaving staffers in “shock.”
“I’m in shock,” a woman can be heard saying in the video, which was obtained and published by local news outlet N12. “Poor thing. She left him here! [I swear] on my mom.”
The 23-second video shows an infant in a carrier left at an airport check-in counter as airline staffers behind the desk gather around the baby.
“What?” one seemingly surprised employee can be heard saying, while another interjected, “I’m in shock,” according to the footage.
The baby boy was ditched by his parents at a check-in counter at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday after the couple arrived late for their flight and did not have a ticket for the infant to travel, according to Israeli authorities.
The unidentified parents, who held Belgian passports, left their baby behind in a carrier when they raced off to try and board a Ryanair flight bound for the Belgium capital of Brussels, the Israel Airports Authority told CNN.
“A couple and an infant with Belgian passports arrived for a flight at Terminal 1 without a ticket for the baby,” the Israel Airports Authority said, according to the report.
The agency added: “The couple also arrived late for the flight, once the check-in for the flight was closed.”
The parents then “left the infant seat with the baby and ran toward the security checks at Terminal 1 in an attempt to reach the boarding gate for the flight,” according to the Israel Airports Authority.
A spokeswoman for Ryanair told Insider that the couple “presented at check-in without a booking for their infant.”
The parents then headed for the security line, “leaving the infant behind at check-in,” after they did not have a booking for the baby.
“The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport contacted Airport Security, who retrieved these passengers, and this is now a matter for local police,” the airline spokeswoman told Insider.
Ryanair says on its website that “infants can be included in a flight reservation during the online booking process” and notes, “to use a car seat for a baby on-board, you must purchase a separate seat for them.”
The infant was ultimately reunited with the parents by the time police arrived on the scene, and the matter is no longer being investigated, authorities told Insider.
“There is no active investigation due to the fact that the police officer who arrived at the scene found the parents and the infant together. After the officer’s preliminary investigation and accordingly, no further investigation was needed,” a spokesperson for Israel Police told Insider on Thursday.
Additionally, a spokesperson for the Belgian Federal Police told Insider that the agency had no information regarding the incident.