The Craziest Things Found by Airport Security
Easy money, stupidity, and sometimes naivety push people to smuggle illegal things at the airports. Most of the smugglers are tourists, unaware that certain things can not be transported in an airplane. But sometimes they deliberately try to deceive customs officers, which may be surprising, because airport checks are considered more accurate. Check out the craziest things found by airport security that passengers tried to hide in their luggage.
1. Chihuahua and tiger
A citizen of Thailand tried to carry in checked baggage 2-month-old tiger. The animal was intoxicated and placed in a suitcase with stuffed animals. But sometimes, your pet can hide in your suitcase and you won’t even notice. TSA agents at LaGuardia Airport found a little Chihuahua hidden inside a checked suitcase. The dog climbed in while its owner was packing. The woman apparently didn’t hear any noise from the puppy and checked the bag in before heading through security. The owner called her husband, who came to pick up the puppy at the airport.
Many tourists visiting exotic countries take away coral pieces as a souvenir. They are not aware that corals are protected by the Washington Convention and it’s illegal to take them away. A few years ago, customs officers at Poznań–Ławica Airport found 44 pieces of coral reef in a bag of tourist flying from Costa Rica to Munich, Germany. The collection weighed more than 3 kilograms.
After 9/11, many tourist are afraid that someone will try to hijack a plane. Some of the tourists invent the strangest ways to carry a knife in order to protect themselves. Sometimes they are hiding knives in hand luggage, but there are also more sophisticated methods. The TSA agents at the Sonoma County Airport (STS) discovered an 8.5” knife hidden inside an enchilada.
4. Shark jaw
Employees of the Warsaw Chopin Airport stopped citizen of Georgia returning from Sierra Leone, who brought a jaw of White Shark threatened with extinction. The passenger claimed he have bought it for a few dollars at the local market.
5. Human remains
Security at the Athens International Airport arrested a 56-year-old Cypriot monk, who traveled with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage. He explained authorities he was taking a skull of a saint back to his monastery. The a skull wrapped in cloth and skeletal remains in a sheet inside his baggage.
Similar accident took place at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The TSA Agents found human skull fragments while searching clay pots in a checked baggage. While the fragments weren’t a security threat, they did slow screening down a bit since the area quickly became a crime scene.
6. The man who posted himself
In 1964, Australian athlete Reg Spiers found himself penniless in London with no money to buy a plane ticket home. He was desperate to get back to Adelaide in time for his daughter’s birthday, he decided to post himself in a wooden box. After 63-hour journey across three continents, he landed in Australia.
7. Viagra, anabolic steroids and dead baby pills
Among weird things confiscated by security officers at Poznań–Ławica Airport we have to mention about 1,555 vials of anabolic steroids carried in a suitcase by a tourist returning from Sharm-El-Sheik, Egypt. Other passenger had 30 pills of Viagra and 375 vials of anabolic steroids.
But it’s nothing compared to the discovery at the South Korean airport. Customs officials found thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh. The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal ‘cure-all’.
8. 10,000 diamonds inside body
Canadian officers at Toronto Pearson International Airport detained a woman arriving from Trinidad & Tobago, who had 10,000 diamonds concealed within her body. The 1,545-carats-worth of gemstones were valued by police at about $400,000. The woman has been charged with smuggling, possessing prohibited goods and making false statements.
9. Grenades, cannonballs and explosives
An extreme irresponsibility scares probably the most. A passenger flying from Salt Lake City carried four landmines in a suitcase. Another passanger packed cannonballs from the eighteenth century. At New Orleans International Airport in the other hand, someone tried to enter a plane with inert hand grenade in a carry-on bag.
Egyptian couple tried to smuggle their 5-month-old son to the United Arab Emirates in their carry-on bag. They arrived at Sharjah International Airport but were told they couldn’t enter the country because the boy didn’t have a visa. Customs officials told the pair they’d have to wait until Sunday to sort out the matter. Instead, the couple zipped the boy inside a carry-on bag and tried to sneak him through security.