When security officers open a bag or pass it through a scanner, there’s really no way of knowing what they’ll find. While many travelers typically abide by the rules, some have different plans.
Security officers at Munich international airport must have gotten quite the shock when they discovered a large monkey skull in the bag of a passenger arriving from Thailand. We understand bringing home some candy or even a decorative mug, but a monkey’s skull? Why would you even want to own something like that?
Talk About a Bad Date
With so many amazing fruits and vegetables available at the supermarket, it’s still so surprising that people continue to try to smuggle produce. While fruits can be a healthy snack, they can also contain some very unhealthy and unwanted pests.
This person decided to take a special souvenir home - two pounds of a date-like fruit called jujube fruit. Jujube is banned from entry because it often hosts many pests. Sure enough, this man’s fruit cache held a few stowaways - more than a dozen live beetle larvae! Yikes! Suddenly this fruit doesn’t seem too appetizing!
Tough to Be a Tortoise
It’s an unfortunate reality, but one of the most common and growing illegal industries is the smuggling of wildlife. These wildlife smugglers will stop at no means to move these animals across countries and even continents!
Unfortunately, endangered species are often the targets of these illegal ploys, like these seven tortoises. These slow-moving reptiles were found in a piece of luggage belonging to someone who was traveling from Greece to England. While we’re sure these tortoises wouldn’t mind a change in scenery, this isn’t what they meant!
See Ya Later Alligator
Not content with just letting animals live their lives in their native environment, wildlife smugglers have resorted to smuggling animals across the world on commercial aircrafts. Unfortunately, these trips are typically a one-way ticket to that animal’s death or suffering.
This picture shows two rare reptiles, a matamata tortoise and a baby alligator, both bound for the United States from Peru. While these two scaly friends were lucky, unfortunately, many animals are not. We'd like to imagine that these two are now the best of friends!
Man’s Best Friend Also Loves to Fly
For many people, dogs are more than just a pet - for some, they’re their best friend, assistant, therapist, and even eyes! Knowing this, it’s no surprise that people would want to take their pet dogs with them, even when they travel.
This owner decided to buy an interesting dog-friendly backpack for when his dog gets tired of running from airport gate to gate - and we’re sure they got plenty of stares (how adorable this pup looks in his doggy backpack). We wonder if this fluffy guy is flying first class? We sure hope so!