flying from Manila
The bullet planting scam is a con where unscrupulous airport personnel drop ammunition into the luggage of unsuspecting travelers. These travelers are later extorted for exorbitant amounts of money, according to reports.
Until quite recently there were no direct flights at all between the Philippines and Europe, due to airline bans, taxes, and economic reasons. Now the EU has finally lifted its 2010 airspace ban on all Philippine carriers. Philippine Airlines had already been removed from the blacklist in 2013, followed by Cebu Pacific in 2014.