A baby traveling with an Egyptian couple was found hidden inside of carryon luggage by security officers at an airport in the United Arab Emirates and it tops some of the 10 weird things people have smuggled when traveling on airlines.
A couple from Egypt have been charged with putting their child at risk. The 5-month-old boy was hidden in a small handbag and attempted to be smuggled into the country.
Police said the baby was discovered by an X-ray screening at Sharjah International Airport as the couple was traveling through the airport.
The infant is in good condition, police said.
According to Sharjah police, the couple arrived in the UAE last Friday but were not allowed to enter the country because they didn’t have a visa for the infant.
The parents were told they had to wait two days at the airport until the visa office reopened so the boy’s documents could be processed.
On Saturday, the impatient father persuaded his wife to put the baby in their hand luggage in the hope airport security wouldn’t notice, police said.
“We were very surprised. This is the first time we have seen something like this,” police officer Abdel Rahman Shama told CNN. “Even if you are in a desperate situation, how can you put your child in a bag?”
The parents remain in the UAE under police questioning.
Here’s a list of some of the weirdest things people have smuggled.
- 1. Turtles and Snakes
- 2. Chihuahua
- 3. Fish
- 4. Songbirds
- 5. Monkeys
- 6. Butterflies
- 7. An Entire Zoo
- 8. Fake Holy Water
- 9. Bushmeat
- 10. Human Corpse
Gitta Jarant and her daughter Anke Anusic were taken into custody in April of this year after they tried to take the deceased body of Jarant’s husband, 91-year-old Kurt Willi Jarant on a plane to Berlin. They brought the elderly man to the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool in a wheelchair. The women denied that he was dead and said he was just sleeping, although a post-mortem found he had been dead for around twelve hours.