If you’re feeling annoyed when you have to go through airport security checks, particularly in Manila, whatever you do, keep your pants on. One German tourist, Hans Jurgen Oskar von Naguschewski, age 66, took his off when asked to go through an X-ray machine twice and he may find himself in a jail in the Philippines for awhile. Six years is the maximum sentence he could receive. Hans already spent a weekend in the slammer after he was arrested for doing his partial strip tease. If he was in a hurry to get to Frankfurt where he was heading, he was out of luck that the officials weren’t in a laughing mood.
From what I read, he became annoyed after being asked to go through the security check again. It must have been a long day and this was the last straw. It doesn’t sound like he was particularly violent or anything, just less clothed when he walked through the detector the second time around than the officials would have liked. I can imagine for everyone else waiting in line this must have livened up the day and helped them be a little more patient for a while longer.
If you are going to be traveling through the Manila airport, I came across some tips in the Virtual Tourist on Airport Security checks that might give you an idea of what might try your patience in Manila and reasons why it’s so security minded there. It doesn’t sound like the airport is much different than many other places in the Philippines and travelers have a variety of opinions about the safety measures.