Mind Bake Presents 10 Shocking Things People
Smuggled Through Airports Number One: Drugs are one of the most common
illegal items that smugglers attempt to sneak through customs.
This year, a Guatemalan man was arrested at the Newark Liberty airport with what looked
like chocolate chip cookies in his bags. But rather than chocolate chips, they found 118
small “cocaine” chips totalling three pounds and worth more than $50,000. Number Two: This is enough to make any traveller’s
skin crawl. In 2012, officials at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport found 200 live tarantulas,
as well as a bevy of insects including crickets and millipedes, crawling around in a German
couple’s clothing and shoes. The couple had collected the insects on a trip to Peru.
The Netherlands has strict laws against importing wildlife from another country. Number Three: In 2012, officials in the Cairo
Airport seized more than 400 pounds of frozen cow brains that were brought in by three travelers
from Sudan in large freezer boxes. While it seems like a strange thing to bring into another
country, this smuggling move has happened multiple times, as Egyptians like to eat cow
brains, and the brains are inexpensive in Sudan. Officials destroyed this undeclared
contraband. Number Four: A simple X-ray machine thwarted
one Thai woman’s attempt to smuggle a baby tiger into Iran in 2010. Inside the woman’s
bag was a sedated two-month-old tiger. The X-ray machine at the Bangkok airport detected
the animal’s heartbeat. The woman denied any knowledge of the tiger! Number Five: Back in 2006, a woman travelling
from Haiti to Miami tried to bring a dirty human skull, complete with teeth, hair, and
skin through airport customs. She was immediately busted. The head is thought to be from an
African-American man who had died within the year. When questioned, the woman told customs
officials that she had purchased the skull from a man in Haiti and planned to use the
skull to practice voodoo. Number Six: It’s not just human heads that
travellers hope to smuggle into new areas. In 2004, a biology teacher flying from Denver
to the Boston airport was stopped because he had a severed seal’s head in his bag.
He told officials that he had found the seal dead on a beach and cut off his head for educational
purposes. Officials seized the head. Number Seven: A woman flying from Colombia
to Spain in 2012 aroused the suspicion of officials at the Barcelona airport when she
gave vague answers to their questions about her trip to Spain. When they examined her,
they observed scars and blood-stained gauze near her breasts.
The woman had breast implants stuffed not with silicone, but with three pounds of cocaine. Number Eight: Her outfit looked a little fishy.
In 2005, a woman was stopped in the Melbourne airport after officials heard “flipping
noises” coming from her body. It turns out she was wearing a specially designed apron-like
garment that held 15 containers. Those containers held 51 tropical fish. Number Nine: Two pigeons took flight back
in 2009 when a young man flew from Dubai to Melbourne, Australia, with the birds strapped
to his legs. The man also attempted to smuggle in bird eggs, plant seeds, and an eggplant.
Australian law does not allow wildlife to be brought in from another country. Number Ten: This flyer was up to some serious
monkey business: In 2010, a man in the Mexico City airport was detained thanks to a strange
bulge under his T-shirt. It was a girdle stuffed with 18 six-inch titi monkeys. By the time
authorities uncovered them, two of the monkeys were dead. Thank You for Watching yet Another Amazing
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