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1. Posted by jordana (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

I'm such a worrier!! I'm heading of around the world in Sept and have been hearing dreadful stories about people slipping packages(drugs) into your bag and so on. Its such a scary thought, has anyone any comments/advice/experience about this.

Sorry its a very serious subject!!!!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Just don't let your luggage leave your side for a second. Even when you sit somewhere, wrap a strap around your ankle or your wrist. Keep your pack in front of you when you can (airports, busses, trains, etc.), with the openings towards you. You can also buy locks to secure your zippers in place. If you're buying a pack, you can also ask the salesperson about this. I'm sure they have some great packs and pointers for you!

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

You know I never really thought about it until a couple days ago on TV here they showed the story of the Australian girl on vacation to Bali. They say drug smugglers will put drugs in unlocked bags and now she is facing life in prison or the death penalty. She was arrested on arrivel at Bali airport (and she sure doesn't look like a drug smuggler to me). Has anyone else heard of this poor young Australian? Then when I thought about how here in the US they won't let you lock your bags (they tell you if you lock it and they want to check inside they'll simply break your lock off, I have a combo lock so i can't even buy a TSA lock)and it is all a pretty scary thought.

Sorry if this doesn't help you feel any better.

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

One of the many reasons I loath to check a bag. At least for trips that are 2 weeks or less it is easy. Just don't take anything you can't carry on your back! That way NO one has access to your bags.I carry everything I need with me, and mail anything home that I pick up on my journey!

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

April 16, 2005
Shattered Corby collapses in court
Sian Powell, Denpasar, Bali

WEEPING uncontrollably, and surrounded by a tightly packed phalanx of cameras, Schapelle Corby crumpled in her seat, minutes before the start of the day's hearing.

It was the climax of a day of drama in the Indonesian trial of the 27-year-old Gold Coast beauty school student, which also saw her sister Mercedes Corby hitting a cameraman and vaulting a courtroom guard rail.

Schapelle Corby slumped on to her Indonesian interpreter's shoulder as her sister leapt the rail to help.

Laid on a bench with her head on her interpreter's lap, Ms Corby appeared unconscious for a few minutes. Her mother, Rosleigh Corby, burst into tears and her father, Michael Corby, began shouting at the press pack.

A short time later, the three judges entered the courtroom and chief judge Linton Sirait warned Ms Corby he could order the reading of the prosecution's submission to begin.

"Don't make it up," he said, referring to her illness.

"If you make it up, I will insist the reading continues immediately."

The three-judge panel finally adjourned the hearing for a week, and ordered Ms Corby back to the prison for a medical examination.

"Last week the reason (for an adjournment) was illness," Judge Sirait said. "Today the reason is illness again."

A doctor provided by the Australian consulate-general examined Ms Corby as she lay on the courtroom bench, and told the judges the distraught woman had very low blood pressure. She suggested oxygen, total rest, and a couple of days of medical observation.

The prosecution was expected to recommend a heavy sentence yesterday, with some experts suggesting a life sentence was likely, though a sentence of death remained a possibility.

Two of Ms Corby's legal advisers were in Jakarta, continuing a last-ditch lobbying attempt for a lenient prosecution submission.

Ms Corby, arrested in Bali's Ngurah Rai airport last October when a customs official found 4.1kg of marijuana in her unlocked body-board bag, has steadfastly maintained her innocence. Yet Indonesia has been notoriously tough on drugs offenders, and three foreign criminals were executed in the provincial capital Medan last year.

Ms Corby arrived at the complex in central Denpasar crying and clutching her side, presaging her collapse in court. A moving scrum of journalists hindered her journey to a holding cell, and the Indonesian female prisoner handcuffed to Ms Corby fainted or fell.

A police officer scooped Ms Corby up in his arms and carried her onwards. Mercedes Corby, who was stumbling alongside her sister, lost her temper and hit a cameraman with her handbag.

According to one of Ms Corby's lawyers, the prison doctor recommended a full check-up in hospital, which the judges were expected to agree to late yesterday. "The prison doctor said the indications are that she is depressed," said lawyer Erwin Siregar. "She's got diarrhea and she threw up."

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

http://www.phaseloop.com/foreignprisoners/news-indonesia04.html

7. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

See that's why i don't want to stop over in one of that countries ie Thailand etc as that sort of thing tends to happen a lot. I spose you will have to make sure the Backpack you get has minimal zips and can be locked. Also little pockets can be locked too. That scares the s$%# out of me all that business.

8. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Quoting andifras

See that's why i don't want to stop over in one of that countries ie Thailand etc as that sort of thing tends to happen a lot. I spose you will have to make sure the Backpack you get has minimal zips and can be locked. Also little pockets can be locked too. That scares the s$%# out of me all that business.

I think a lot of traveller safter comes down to knowing what feels right , having common sense and being streewise. Sit in an airport near other people and families, with you pack next to you on a seat. Check it before your give it to check in, and when you pick it up if need be. Consider buying one of those pac safe bags, do a search on google. Its a big wire mesh bag type thing that cant be cut and stops access to the bag.

You cant be put off by horror stories like that above. Its a terrible thing to happen if she is innocent and the worst of all nightmares but its not very common if you are careful. Just be wary of people standing close to you looking suspicious and never ever accept to carry something for someone.

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting maddave

...never ever accept to carry something for someone.

Suppose they offer you 5/Euros to carry it for them???

10. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I would never carry something for a good friend let alone someone offering money, even if inside the bag looked innocuous enough...

what good is 5, 500, 5000, hell even 5million, if you aren't there to use it