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Ever not Declared something that you should have ??

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1. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

So far on my travels I've spent alot of time looking into what i should or should not take into a country. But it has dawned on me that the more you spend time in airports the more laid back you get with the whole process.

I know that I've taken through some silly stuff, like a pair of nail clippers with a small blade and only really noticed when i got to the other end.

I suppose my question is does anyone have any good stories on this subject ??

2. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

This did not happen personally but i have a very awesome story that is totally true as i saw it with my own eyes.

Back in the (before i was born) seventies my uncle and aunty went to Turkey for 2 weeks. They had a wonderful time and went out there with a group of couples. One of these couples bought a very large rug that cost quite abit of money. He had to get the rug shipped oversea back to the UK as it was very expensive to do it via plane and the rug dealer gave them a good price for it.

3 weeks later the rug arrived and they picked it up from the rug dealer's contact in the UK. All seemed fine, the invoice was all right and the tag on the rug was correct. When they got home they rolled it out to find a quantity of heroine...now, pictures were taken and i have seen them. Also the police got involved and the whole mess sorted out .

I think it's a pretty mad story...

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Cay

3 weeks later the rug arrived and they picked it up from the rug dealer's contact in the UK. All seemed fine, the invoice was all right and the tag on the rug was correct. When they got home they rolled it out to find a quantity of heroine...now, pictures were taken and i have seen them. Also the police got involved and the whole mess sorted out .

I think it's a pretty mad story...

That is a mad story indeed!

When I got married a few years ago, we had a bunch of guests visiting from the Netherlands. One of the ladies thought it would be nice to bring a big bouquet of roses, 50 or so of them. Not wanting to have them messed up she took them as carry on. Not until after they arrive in Oslo does she realize she had a little knife inside the bouquet (to trim the roses in case we didn't have anything available ;) )! Not really sure how she managed to get that through, but it is a little worrying considering Amsterdam airport is really not supposed to be the worst around in terms of security. Here in Oslo a few months back they ran a test with fake passengers carrying this kind of thing on board. Something like 70% managed to get through

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I took 8 bottles of wine back from France--totally on purpose. I was sweating the whole time going through Canadian customs. I guess I shouldn't make a career out of it.

On a related note, I once had to go through security check at Canadian Parliament just prior to what they call "lock down"--when the budget is read for media (and advertising, as was our case) an hour before going public. Well, here we are in a rush to get in before the doors close and the guard informs me I have a pocket knife in my purse. It was a silly plastic thing from CAA and it was stuck in the lining somewhere. My colleagues were waving me on and I was profusely appologising to the guard and he was patiently waiting for me to find the dang thing. Finally fished it out and got a receipt to pick it up later, but since it was worth about 50ยข I donated it to the government. Just made lock down, too!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

This is a little bit different, but this Japanese customs error might also count...

6. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

A large bag of dope!! (Obviously i am not going to declare it but.....)

Bought some in Cambodia 3 years ago (at the Happy Pizzas restaurant) and stupidly carried it over borders into neighbouring countries. The scariest thing was, when i was on a plane flying from Cambodia to Laos i read on the departure card "Anyone caught taking or in possession of drugs with be sentenced to death by the law the Laos". It was stored in my main rucksack at this point, and i was dreading picking it up at the other end. Luckily nothing happened but decided the best idea was to ditch the lot....

Obviously i was very very stupid to do this and would never dream of doing it again, and wouldn't suggest anyone doing it.

7. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

You are one lucky man mate !!

And reading that report on the guy that planted the dope in the bag made me laugh. I dont know what i would do if i found a large amount of drugs once i got to the hotel/hostel. Saying that if you got sniffed out by the drug dogs what are you going to say " I didn't put that in there" im sure they will belive you

8. Posted by Jabels (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

a few years back was flying from Edinburgh to Germany with the ATC and one of my mates had a purse shaped like a grenade. That went down well with security armed police the lot. on the way back i walked through on to the plane with live ammunition after comming of a shooting ex forgot it was in my combats never got stopped didnt realise untill i went to buy food and pulled out a handfull of 5.56m ammo handed it back to the CO was not impressed.

9. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

I made it through Sydney customs with two bottles of wine in my backpack. This was a few years ago and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to declare them, but I was in a crap mood at that time anyway and I quite forgot about those two bottles until I was on the plane. The year before that, I shipped back about five bottles of alcohol stuffed in my luggage. Not as risque as the dope stories but it still had me on my toes for a bit while clearing customs.

10. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

My parents used to take me on holiday to Malta when I was younger, because we had been so many times we had some good friends there and they asked us to bring some things with us which they couldn't get out there, this was around 1983 or so.

Their 'shopping list' went something like this:

    Cadbury's Flake chocolate
    Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate
    Creme eggs
    Other chocolate
    A window winding mechanism for a 1970's Ford Anglia car
    Something else for the Ford Anglia's engine

My mum and dad gave Customs in Manchester airport a right laugh carrying this winding mechanism through customs as a carry-on for the plane. They said it was officially the strangest thing they had ever seen being carried through the airport!