Man Arrested After Trying To Board Flight With Reptiles In His Trousers

Man Arrested After Trying To Board Flight With Reptiles In His Trousers – Daily Mail

It could have been a case of snakes on a plane, if only he made it through the TSA’s body scanner.

A Florida man was arrested at the Miami Airport last week after he tried to smuggle 10 reptiles on a flight by stuffing the animals in his pants.

The seven snakes and three tortoises were wound in women’s pantyhose and found in the man’s trousers as he waited to board a flight to Brazil.

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U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested the man, who was not named, and charged him with harbouring animals in an unnatural habitat, according to the TSA Blog.

The TSA said it used imaging technology, which allows agents to find potential threats hidden from the naked eye, to find the animals.

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The details of the incident came just days after a similar incident where a woman in California tried to board a flight to China with endangered birds strapped to her body.

Transportation Security Administration officers found one of the bright yellow birds taped to the woman’s chest and another was taped to her leg as she tried to get onto a flight at LAX.

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While unusual items are often found on passengers, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency was floored by two creature-smuggling attempts in the same week.

Farbstein told the New York Daily News: ‘All of our jaws dropped. It just goes to show the lengths that people will go to try to sneak something past officials.’

The reptiles were confiscated by Fish and Wildlife officers.

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