We’ve seen some strange things in people’s suitcases, but this just might take the cake: Last week, a Thai woman was arrested for packing a baby tiger cub in her checked luggage.
According to ABC News, the woman was attempting to smuggle the cub (which had been drugged and “hidden” among a bunch of stuffed tigers inside her suitcase) into Iran, where it could have been sold for a tidy profit on the black market. The cub has been rescued and sent to a wildlife conservation center, while the woman is looking at a hefty fine and up to four years in jail.
Although we hope that none of our readers are intentionally smuggling exotic creatures when they travel, it turns out that several of you have had some inadvertent animal encounters when packing — check out our Top 10 Packing Disaster Stories for the surprising true stories. (Wildlife involved: iguanas, kittens, ducks…)
And animals aren’t necessarily the strangest things to make it into your suitcases. Our readers regularly write in to ask whether they’re allowed to bring certain out-of-the-ordinary items onto a plane. A partial list:
- A hand-held taser (um, NO)
- A license plate
- Sea kelp
- A blender (for making margaritas in flight?)
- 10 pounds of scrapple
- A device for shaving back hair (we are not making this up!)
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever packed?