How safe is your camel suit.....

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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I couldn't believe it when I saw that! WHO would 'borrow' a camel suit? :) This was there too...If I were a passanger on this flight I would have been wild!!

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

This case is very interesting....

Recently an Australian girl got caught entering Bali with 4 kilograms of mairjuana in one of her bags. She has been in a prison in Bali, and if convicted, she may face death by firing squad.

She does, of course, plead innocence and she says that her bag must have been tampered in an Australian airport (I think she flew Brisbane - Sydney - Bali).

It is an interesting case with a number of twists and turns, and her guilt is far from clear cut.

She has insisted that security footage of the bag handling areas be brought forward, but apparently they don't film that area.

There is also conflicting information on her behaviour when she was caught. She says she pleaded innocent, the Bali airport authorities say she was acting very cagey - however again no video footage exists.

Scientific tests were never carried out on the bag; pinger printing, etc to see whether it had been tampered with.

A man in prison in Australia believes that he overheard some prisoners talking about the case, stating that the drugs have accidently been put in the wrong bag, and that they know who is involved and that this girl is an innocent victim. This was taken very seriously by both the Australian and Indonesian authorities, as the prisoner was taken to Bali to testify in court.

Now, with this camel suit incident, it appears that baggage can indeed be tampered with very easily without any electronic surveillance.

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thats really scary James, I guess that story of the girl hasn't made the news here.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have to tell you...that WAS my government job. And it is entirely possible. We used to 'test' airports, and there is not a one that we couldn't get prohibited items into. Scary? No, it has always been that way, and yes it is more difficult, but NOT impossible to do. I feel sorry for the girl, I really do. Especially since in the is never supossed to be specifically looking for drugs, or illegal immigrants...If by way of protecting the public we ran across either, we had to pass it off to the LEO's (law enforcement officers) or Customs. Right now in the US (the biggie is Hawaii) TSA baggage handelers are on administrative leave...seems cash/laptops/jewelry has been coming up missing....while an investigation 'looks into it' (never hold your breath for our government to actually act..they are always 'investigating') whew...I should stop now :( BEFORE I go off on a tangent;)

6. Posted by hippiechic (Budding Member 43 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

that's pretty funny/weird. i work in an airport as a baggage handler and we are pretty darn respectful of people's stuff...although some people i have seen do have an attitude that if it's on the outside of the bag it's fair game...however, our company has a no tolerance policy towards what they call "pilfering" and a $1000 bonus for people who report a coworker stealing. i have never ever seen anyone open someone's bag (barring a vibrating one in security) though, that's not cool at all. sometimes the really full ones pop open though, and whomever's clean and dirty laundry goes everywhere...very frustrating, so a little bit of advice is don't jam-pack your suitcase for goodness sakes!!!!

7. Posted by hippiechic (Budding Member 43 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

and yeah, it surprised me how lax security really is in airports...tampering wouldn't likely be too of my frineds on airport security has told me lots of holes in the system...i find it sad that security trips out on us (employees) when security really is lacking elsewhere. oh well, what can you do about bureaucracy? not much.

8. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I heard that on the news here in Iceland and I almost fell over laughing. Firstly that someone would do that and secondly that it was on the news in Iceland.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

No one has ever stolen/borrowed our grass skirts from our luggage, but my dad had three necklaces stolen from his checked bag on a trip to Jamaica. The necklaces were Christmas gifts for me and 2 friends meeting us in MoBay. They left the Christmas card alone - not knowing it contained a $100 bill. Two weeks after our return, 19 airline employees were arrested, including management staff who were being bribed with the stolen "goodies" from traveller's luggage. The "theft ring' had been in operation for over 5 years.

As this happened before 9-11, so my dad had his suitcase locked and zip-stripped. The lock and zip-strips had been removed by the thieves - that's how sure of themselves they were.

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Do not bring anything with you, that you could not stand to part with.