Parents late to their flight at an Israeli airport left their baby at check-in and raced away to try to get on board, Israeli authorities say

A picture taken on March 22, 2018 shows an overhead view of the departure hall in Ben Gurion International Airport
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  • A baby boy was ditched by his parents at a check-in counter at a Tel Aviv airport, authorities said.

  • The parents arrived late for their flight and did not have a ticket for the infant, CNN reported.

  • The couple then raced off to try and board a Ryanair flight, the Israeli Airport Authority said.

A baby boy's parents ditched him at a check-in counter at a Tel Aviv, Israel, airport after they arrived late for their flight and did not have a ticket for the infant to travel, Israeli authorities said.

The unidentified parents, who held Belgian passports, left their baby behind in a carrier Tuesday inside Ben Gurion Airport when they raced off to try and board a Ryanair flight bound for the Belgian capital of Brussels, the Israel Airports Authority told CNN.

"A couple and an infant with Belgian passports arrived for a flight at Terminal 1 without a ticket for the baby," the Israel Airports Authority said, according to the report.

The agency added: "The couple also arrived late for the flight, once the check-in for the flight was closed."

The parents then "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," the Israel Airports Authority said.

A spokesperson for Ryanair told Insider the couple "presented at check-in without a booking for their infant."

The parents then headed for the security line, "leaving the infant behind at check-in," after they did not have a booking for the baby, the Ryanair spokesperson said.

It is unclear whether the parents were unable to purchase a ticket for the baby or did not want to.

"The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport contacted Airport Security, who retrieved these passengers, and this is now a matter for local police," the airline spokesperson told Insider.

The infant was ultimately reunited with the parents by the time police arrived on the scene and the matter is no longer being investigated, authorities said.

"There is no active investigation due to the fact that the police officer who arrived at the scene found the parents and the infant together. After the officer's preliminary investigation and accordingly, no further investigation was needed," a spokesperson for Israel Police told Insider.

The incident left Ryanair staffers stunned.

"All the workers were in shock. We have never seen anything like that. We didn't believe what we were seeing," a Ryanair manager told the local news outlet N12.

The parents never boarded the flight, Israel Hayom reported.

The Israel Airports Authority did not immediately return a request for comment from Insider on Wednesday.

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