(CNN) – An Indonesian man is said to be at risk of arrest after disguising himself as his wife in order to board a flight.
The disguise was intended to allow the man to fly even though he would have tested positive for Covid-19. His wife, however, had tested negative, so he used his ID card and negative PCR test results to board the plane at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta, according to the report.
It is not known if the man would have been caught had he not given up his ruse in the air.
An air hostess reportedly told authorities that she saw “DW” enter an airplane washroom and then come out wearing men’s clothing instead of the niqab – a full face veil with an opening for the eyes. She informed the Ternate airport authorities, who arrested the passenger as he got off the plane.
An on-site health worker immediately tested the man for Covid-19, and the PCR test came back positive, officials said.
After that, “the airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 management task force team to evacuate the man while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), then took him to an ambulance. to his home (in Ternate City) to self-isolate, where he will be supervised by officers of the task force, ”Ternate Covid-19 task force operational chief Muhammad Arif Gani told reporters.
After her period of self-isolation ended, local police said she intended to prosecute “DW”.
Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in Indonesia. The fourth most populous country in the world is currently the hotspot for the disease in Asia, and many of the most recent cases are confirmed to be the deadly Delta variant.
In addition, vaccine deployment has been slow. So far, only around 6% of the total population is fully vaccinated.
CNN’s Amy Sood contributed reporting.
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