It is truly dumbfounding what some people will try to smuggle past customs. From a marijuana filled grenade to a live baby tiger, join us as we take a peek inside people’s luggage to see the 10 strangest things found by airport security.
10. Marijuana In A Grenade
In 2012 a passenger travelling from Denver International Airport tried to smuggle marijuana past airport security by stuffing it into a grenade! Stupidly, the passenger forgot one important fact. Grenades are also illegal on planes.
9. Snakes On A Plane
In 2011 a man was arrested at Miami International Airport with seven live snakes in his pants. The snakes, and several small turtles that were also stuffed down there, were taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The man was probably found out when his wife was heard to remark “Is that a snake in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”
8. Baby On Board
A couple was reprimanded at an airport in the United Arab Emirates when their young son was discovered inside a bag as it went through the x-ray scanner. The boy had no visa and his parents were trying to smuggle him into the country.
7. Good Gourd!
In 2014, a passenger from Bangladesh was stopped by customs officials at Birmingham Airport. The passenger was found to be smuggling 79kg (175lbs) of fish, 94,000 cigarettes and one massive melon! The squash, measuring 1.22 metres (4 ft) and weighing in at more than 25 kg (4 st) along with the other items were seized and the passenger was detained. How on Earth did they think they could sneak that thing into the country?
In 2014, officials at Los Angeles International Airport discovered 67 live giant African snails packed inside 2 picnic baskets. The snails, from Lagos, Nigeria, are considered a pest and are known to eat more than 500 different types of plants. If the snails can’t find plants to eat, they will “eat paint and stucco off of houses,” A spokesman from the customs agency said. The snails are considered a delicacy in some parts of the World and can be fried and served as a snack. Mmm, Delicious!
5. Bag Full Of Spiders
In 2012 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, 261 poisonous tarantulas were discovered inside a couple’s suitcase. The spiders were all alive and placed in individual plastic bags. Imagine the shock on the face of the customs officer who uncovered this one. Pure nightmare material!
4. Heads Up!
In 2006, a woman traveling from Haiti to Miami was stopped by airport customs. In her bag, the officers found a human skull. The skull was thought to be from a man who had died less than a year ago and still had hair and some skin on it. When questioned as to why she had it, the woman told the officers she had bought the skull in Haiti and was planning to use it to practice voodoo.
3. Weekend At Bernie’s
In 2010, two women tried to smuggle a dead body onto a flight from Liverpool to Berlin. The 91 year old man, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing sunglasses was checked in by his wife when the security noticed he was not breathing. When questioned by security the wife said she thought he was just sleeping.
2. High Flying Hound
In March, 2015, The security at New York’s LaGuardia Airport were shocked to discover a Chihuahua inside a woman’s suitcase. When questioned, the woman claimed to have no knowledge of the stowaway believing that it must have crawled into the suitcase while she was packing. The woman called her husband who came to the airport to pick up the pint-sized pooch.
1. Tiger Airlines
In 2010 a sedated, 2 month old tiger cub was discovered in a woman’s luggage at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The tiger, detected by the airport’s x-ray scanner, was found inside a bag alongside a stuffed tiger plush toy. The cub was rescued and the woman was detained by security.