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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Quoting the BBC news item (which you should still totally click through to, if only for the photo) :

A man has been caught with two pigeons stuffed in his trousers after he got off a flight from Dubai to Melbourne.

Australian customs officials say the live birds were wrapped in padded envelopes and held to the man's legs by a pair of tights under his trousers.

Officials also found two eggs in a vitamin container in the man's luggage.

Australia has strict quarantine rules on the importation of wildlife, plants and food. The man, 23, could face up to 10 years in jail.

The nation's quarantine regulations are designed to protect health, agriculture and the environment.

As well as 10 years' imprisonment, the maximum sentence for wildlife smuggling includes a fine of A$110,000 (US$70,480; £48,902).

Customs officials say they also seized seeds in the man's money belt and an undeclared aubergine, following the flight on Sunday.

They add that the pigeons were not endangered and that the case, as well as the birds, eggs and seeds, has been turned over to the country's Quarantine Service to assess the health risk.


Am I the only one who totally gets a kick out of that "undeclared aubergine" line? I really hope not, for if I am, I just wasted two hours building the website dedicated in its honor for nothing!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

hehe like it . how on earth did he think he wasn't going to get caught?!

I got a little box of sunmaid raisins confiscated when I entered Australia. they had been handed out as a snack on the flight by Qantas- so it didn't even occur to me to declare them!

On a similar note, my friend got fined $200 for having an apple in her bag when she entered New Zealand. She cried, but it didn't do any good. :)

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I read this in the news yesterday and it was the "undeclared aubergine" that made me nearly wet myself. Brilliant stuff.

4. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Sander, thank you for this one! I'm freezing my ass off here in philly in desperate need for a good laugh and you just came up with the goods! The "undeclared aubergine" is the best! Oh...love the web site too....are we supposed to tell you our best smuggling experiences?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Holly: yup - whatever you enter into the text box goes in the string just before the undeclared aubergine. (Reload the page a few times to see some examples of what people have entered so far.)

*slightly tweaks the design to make this more obvious*

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2009, at 02:52 by Sander ]

6. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

love it! especially whoever put in william shatner!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Why didn't they turn over the eggplant to Quarantine Services to assess the health risk?? Everyone knows that eggplant isn't good for you. Eggplant parmesan is a prime example. The eggplant is so harmful that they have to coat it in a layer of cheese as a protective measure. And what's with the eggs - planning on making an aubergine omelet or hatching them? Do like the different things people have brought in to OZ. (I'm curious which one of the new additions is Holly's... )

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y

It is a damned lie that I was smuggled into Oz back in 1977.
I got in as a persecuted Scottish refugee fleeing the enforced wearing of tartan skirts in my home toon of Aberdeen.
I'm more into off-the-shoulder numbers in a smoky darkened room with the Village People playing loud.
Many a truth said in jest
Have a good mate who worked in the Australian Quarantine Service back in the early 80's.
He told me about one elderly Balkan lady in her 70's who was stopped because of her unusual gait.
Being taken to an investigation room by female staff, they found a 5 kilo salami tied to her waist and swinging between her legs. That cracked me up till my return from HK in the mid-80's.
I was next in line after a middle-aged Yugoslavian couple at the Quarantine inspection (I had zilch cause I knew the ultra-heavy rules).
Anyways, they were asked to open their five large suitcases and the officers were pulling cheeses, salamis, etc, etc out of pyjama bottoms, nightgown pockets et al et al.
I was stuck there for 2 hours in that line while a veritable delicatessan appeared from their cardboard Samsonite luggage.
I was PISSED!!!!

9. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

I'm curious which one of the new additions is Holly's

you'll never know and i'll never tell...however, if you are a fan of a certain former tv lifeguard who poses as a sex symbol in Germany...i'll deny it to my dying day.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting soupatrvlr

Quoting Isadora

I'm curious which one of the new additions is Holly's

you'll never know and i'll never tell...however, if you are a fan of a certain former tv lifeguard who poses as a sex symbol in Germany...i'll deny it to my dying day.

Didn't think you'd fess up - and we all have our "guilty pleasures"... ;)