August 31, 2011
Man Tries to Smuggle Reptiles on Plane in His Pants
By Chad Love
Here's one from the "Watch Out For The Trouser Snake" files. At least that's what TSA agents at the Miami airport may have been thinking when they discovered a man trying to smuggle a veritable Noah's Ark of reptiles onto a plane... in his pants.
From this Reuters story:
Never mind ants in your pants, what about snakes and tortoises? That's what authorities at Miami's international airport said they found inside the trousers of a passenger as he tried to board a flight for Brazil. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said the man had seven exotic snakes and three tortoises wrapped in nylon bags that had been stuffed into his pants.
He was discovered as he went through a body scanner at one of the airport's security checkpoints on Thursday and arrested by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials for violating animal trafficking laws. Authorities declined to identify the man or offer any explanation for his botched attempt at reptile smuggling.
I'm just gonna go grab a bag of popcorn, sit back and watch the jokes, puns and double-entendres fly...