DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (The Blaze/AP) -- Local newspapers in the United Arab Emirates say authorities are investigating an Egyptian couple who tried to sneak their infant into the Gulf country by hiding him in their carry-on luggage.
Monday's reports say authorities discovered the baby at Sharjah airport when it showed up on an X-ray scan of the bag. Carry-on luggage is typically scanned at Emirati airports on arrival, after passengers have their passports stamped.
The Gulf News says the baby boy had no passport, visa or other documents allowing him entry to the UAE:
“When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned.
“This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through.
“A case will now be raised against the mother and father, they both have visas to come to the UAE, but they have put the life of their child at risk.”
The paper and The National daily are quoting police as saying the unidentified parents put the child's life at risk with the scheme. The case is being handed over to prosecutors.
Sharjah officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.