Parents late for flight abandon baby at check-in desk, run to gate to board, reports say

A couple abandoned their baby at an airport check-in desk in Israel after arriving without a ticket for the infant, according to multiple reports.

The incident took place Tuesday in Tel Aviv when the parents, whom authorities have not identified, were checking in for a Ryanair flight from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Belgium with the infant, the Israeli Airport Authority confirmed to CNN and Israeli outlet N12 News.

A Ryanair spokesperson told CNN the couple, who planned to travel from Tel Aviv to Brussels, arrived at check-in without a ticket for their infant.

"They then proceeded to security, leaving the infant behind at check-in," the outlet reported, adding the airport check-in agent contacted airport security, who retrieved the passengers.

Ryanair could not immediately be reached for comment by USA TODAY.

According to Ryanair's website, infants age 8 days to 23 months who are traveling must be accompanied by an adult age 16 or older. Infants age 7 days or less are not permitted to fly Ryanair.

It was not immediately known how old the child was.

Late for a flight

The Israeli Airport Authority, which also could not immediately be reached, told the outlets the couple and an infant with Belgian passports arrived at the gate after check-in for the flight had closed.

"The couple 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," officials told the outlets.

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No charges pending

A spokesman for Israel Police told CNN the matter appeared to have been resolved by the time police arrived. "The baby was with the parents, and there's no further investigation," he told the outlet.

Israel police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Parents abandon baby to board flight at Israel airport: Reports