Woman smuggles 4-year old girl in bag onto flight from Istanbul to Paris

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A French woman was able to fly from Istanbul to Paris while hiding a 4-year old girl in her hand luggage, Air France has said. After smuggling the child, traveling without a ticket, onto the plane, the woman hid the little girl under a blanket at her feet, where she was noticed by other passengers as she needed to go to the bathroom.

The woman, who was apparently in the process of adopting the girl from Haiti, made it into the transit zone in Istanbul where she was denied boarding her flight with the child. That is when she decided to buy a ticket for another flight and board it with the little girl hidden in a bag, according to a source at Charles de Gaulle airport. While the airline alerted French authorities, the prosecutor decided not to press charges against the woman, although they were held at the airport while the case was being investigated.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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