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Posted 25 Jun, 2013 | One Comment
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Going on holiday is always a fun experience but getting there can become a little bit tedious. Whether you’re at Liverpool, Bristol or Manchester airport the one thing most travellers find annoying is customs; many claim it’s due to an invasion of privacy, but it’s probably because of the British tendency to be overly impatient.

Despite the constant moaning about customs, we know the pat downs and the security checks are for a good reason. This has been proven through the amount of dangerous goods confiscated by airport security; but what about the stranger items they’ve found?

There’s been a whole host of random objects confiscated in airports, which has included car parts, sex toys and even the odd kitchen sink; but there have been some even more bizarre items found. Here’s the top five.


How do you smuggle birds through an airport? Well one man at LAX decided that strapping not one, not two but a flock of songbirds to his legs would be the best way to get them through customs. Another man strapped tubes to his calves and put live pigeons in them; how and why he wanted to smuggle pigeons is anyone’s guess. Needless to say both of these fool proof plans were sadly thwarted.


Sticking with the animal theme, they seem to be a popular choice for mischievous smugglers; this man’s animal of choice was the ever placid crocodile. However he didn’t just have the one, no this guy had three 1.5 foot crocodiles in his carry-on luggage. A fool proof plan if ever we’ve heard of one. Although he had been through two other airports before being caught out.


Forget drugs, blood diamonds and even foreign animals, this criminal mastermind devised a secret plot to smuggle some pudding past airport security; what is the world coming to? Ok so maybe he wasn’t smuggling it, he just happened to be carrying something that you can’t take on a plane. However what went unnoticed when airport security confiscated his pudding was the Swiss army knife in his bag, which he found at the other end.


Ok so they didn’t confiscate Batman; I don’t think they’d be able to stop the Dark Knight. However airport security did take some Batman style throwing stars, amongst some other serious weaponry. It was obvious to official that this man was in fact dangerous, as Batman has his own plane; nice try.


At Munich a 62 year old woman tried to take a bag of her brother’s bones through the airport; this was because her brother, who was buried in Brazil, wanted to be buried in Italy. So she and her friend travelled to Brazil, dug him up and brought him home. The best bit, the lady in question had official papers allowing her to do this; so the bones made their way home.

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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