Have you ever watched those TV shows like “Customs” or “Border Security: Australia’s Front Line”? If so, you know that they make some pretty odd discoveries on people going through customs…
Animals and drugs remain two of the biggest threats to borderline security, and smugglers are constantly coming up with new ways to try and get through undetected.
Here are a few very creative smugglers who got caught, and who I know I wouldn’t want to sit next to on a plane..!
1) Pythons In Your Socks Taped Onto Your Body?
A man was caught in Norway customs with 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos hidden in old socks under his clothes.
The custom officers noticed that there were constantly wriggling movements under the man’s shirt, so they searched him and found that he had put the geckos in boxes tied around his feet, and rolled up the pythons in socks taped to his chest.
2) Birds In Your Pants?
There have been quite a few discoveries in customs where people hide birds in their pants.
An Australian was busted bringing two Pigeons tied to his calves wrapped in news paper, and another guy from L.A brought 14 live song birds wrapped around his legs in cloths.
The officers noticed birds feathers on his clothes and saw birds’ tails sticking out under his pants, and since he had left a suitcase with 18 birds at the airport a while earlier they decided to search him.
3) Hiding Fish Under Your Skirt?
During a routine search they heard flipping noises coming out of the woman’s waist area, and discovered 51 live tropical endangered fishes, hidden under a purpose built apron under her skirt.
4) Reptiles In Your Underwear?
It seems like most people stick to smuggling their animals in their bags or around their legs, but some do take it one step further…
One example is a German man who was caught trying to leave New Zealand with 20 skinks and 23 geckos – hidden in his underwear.
Or to take it even further, there was a Swedish woman who was caught carrying 75 live snakes – in her bra!
The custom officials became suspicious when they noticed that the woman was constantly scratching and correcting her bra…
5) Strap 3 Crocodiles To Your Stomach?
Perhaps the craziest story of them all is the Palestinian woman who tried to get into Gaza city with three 20 inch long crocodiles strapped to her stomach.
The border guards became suspicious because she looked “strangely fat”.
Can you blame that the border guard searching her screamed and ran away when he discovered what was underneath her robe?
6) Monkeys In Your Pants?
On several occasions women and men all over the world have been caught smuggling monkeys under their clothes; in their pants and under their shirts.
A man was caught in Mexico smuggling 18 little Titi monkeys in a belt under his shirt (2 of the endangered monkeys died during the trip).
Another woman tried to smuggle a monkey from Thailand into the US under her blouse, pretending she was pregnant.
Have you heard of any more strange discoveries in customs? Or have you ever accidentally forgotten to declare something when flying?