A man disguised himself as his wife in order to board a flight after testing positive for Covid in Indonesia, it is reported.
He donned a niqab that covered him from head to toe to fly on Citilink between Jakarta to Ternate.
The man, identified only by his initial DW, is now facing arrest after cabin crew saw him go into the toilets in the disguise – but come out wearing men's clothes, according to CNN Indonesia.
He had used his wife's ID and negative PCR test results to board the plane at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta.
A flight attendant reportedly told authorities that she saw "DW" go into an airplane bathroom, then come out wearing men's clothes instead of the niqab.
She notified airport authorities in Ternate and he was detained upon landing.
An on-site health officer immediately tested the man for Covid-19, and the PCR test came back positive, according to officials.
After that, "the airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 Handling Task Force team to evacuate the man while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and then taking him in an ambulance to his house (in Ternate City) to self-isolate, where he will be supervised by Task Force officers," Ternate Covid-19 Task Force Operational Head Muhammad Arif Gani told reporters.
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Once his self-isolation period is complete, local police have stated they intend to prosecute "DW."
Covid-19 cases are spreading rapidly across Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation on Earth.
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There have been almost three million reported cases and the death toll stands at 74,920.
Garuda Indonesia, Citilink's parent company, has restricted air travel during the Eid Al-Adha holiday (July 19-25) to essential personnel and passengers with urgent needs only.
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