Did You Pack These Eyeballs Yourself, Sir?

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For many of us, clothes and toiletries are the main contents of our luggage when we travel. But some people pack the strangest things. Here are a few examples from over the years.

  1. In 2007, 10 human eyeballs in a jam jar were confiscated at STN.
  2. A woman at STO was found with 75 snakes wriggling around in her bra!
  3. A 17 yr. old wore his pet chameleon as a hat from DXB to MAN – and would have gotten away with it if a fellow passenger hadn’t taken a photo.
  4. A man at LAX was found with 4 rare tropical birds in his suitcase and 2 slow loris pygmy monkeys in his pants!
  5. In 2012, a German couple returned from a trip to Peru with tarantulas stored in plastic tubs and tubes inside their clothing.
  6. In 2013, a man travelling from Burkina Faso tried to enter the U.K. through LGW with tens of thousands of dried insects in his carryon.
  7. An African prince was found with £163,000 worth of cocaine stored in hollowed-out onions at LHR.
  8. Freddy Kruger-style claws were discovered in a passenger’s luggage at Coventry Airport, and in another case, claws resembling those of X-Men character Wolverine were found.
  9. A stuffed armadillo toting a gun was sent from Texas to Australia as a gift, but breached wildlife importation laws.
  10. In 2008, a 3,000 yr. old Egyptian sarcophagus – which had been stolen more than 100 years previously - was found in a shipment from Spain.
  11. A woman was discovered at Melbourne Airport, Australia in 2005 wearing an apron of plastic bags filled with 51 tropical fish she was trying to transport.
  12. A couple travelling from the UAE didn’t have a visa for their baby, so tried to smuggle him onto the plane in a carry-on bag.
  13. An individual was found trying to travel with a samurai sword on a plane leaving BOS.
  14. A female pax’s lipstick turned out to be a cleverly disguised stun gun.
  15. A man was stopped at LGW for carrying a bag of dried caterpillars which he claimed were for personal consumption.
  16. At SEA, someone thought it’d be wise to pack a grenade launcher. Who would notice?


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