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Turtle smuggler claims he just couldn't bear to be parted from his pet
A man unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle a turtle onto a Beijing-bound plane this week, but got caught at security when security personnel noticed his KFC hamburger had legs.
According to the South China Morning Post, the man had packed the turtle between two slices of bread and some lettuce and hidden it inside his bag thinking it would go unnoticed, but the X-ray clearly revealed “odd protrusions” sticking out of the mystery sandwich. Turtles are generally edible, but one does not normally serve a turtle burger with little legs sticking out of it.
“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” the man reportedly insisted when security asked to look at the sandwich. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”
Eventually the man was persuaded to let them inspect the hamburger. When airport officials asked why he had tried to smuggle the turtle in a hamburger costume, he said he just couldn’t bear to be parted from his beloved pet turtle.
Many Internet commenters on Weibo thought the man’s devotion to his pet was adorable, while others questioned the safety of stuffing a turtle into a hamburger and running it through an airport X-ray.
“That poor turtle!” one wrote. “It had to absorb all those X-rays!”
The airport eventually convinced the man that he was not allowed to take a turtle on the plane, and he decided to have a friend to look after his turtle while he was on vacation, which had apparently been an option the whole time.
Turtle Burger Smuggler: Chinese Man Fails To Sneak Pet Onto Plane
They make great pets and excellent teenage-mutant crime fighters but not the best seat mates.
That's the lesson one passenger found out after trying to smuggle his pet turtle pass security at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China earlier this week.
The passenger, only identified as Mr. Li by the South Morning China Post, was making his way to China Southern Airlines flight 345 to Beijing on Monday when he was caught with his pet sandwiched between a KFC burger inside his bag. As Li's bag passed through the airport's x-ray machines, scans revealed "unusual protrusions" poking out from Li's meal, notes the Australian.
That's when airport staff started grilling Li about his turtle burger.
"Sir, are you sure there are no turtles in your bag?" one airport staff member asked according to a translated report in the Daily Telegraph.
"There's no turtle in there – just a hamburger," said Li who was travelling to Beijing. "There's nothing special to see inside."
The turtle was eventually returned to Li who allowed a friend to take care of the reptile while he was away. He said he only wanted to travel together with his "beloved turtle", according to the South China Morning Post.
The rules behind flying with pets vary between airlines but most allow pets like birds, dogs and cats to be checked in as carry-on or checked baggage. WestJet for example, allow smaller critters like hedgehogs, guinea pigs and chinchillas to travel but only as checked luggage. The airline's policy doesn't explicitly mention turtles.
So remember: the next time you're thinking of flying, turtles can travel through time but not in the air.
#OnlyInChina Does A Man Keep His Turtle In A KFC Burger
If there is one other thing a KFC burger is good for besides eating, is to smuggle your pet turtle through airport security. Results may vary.
By Mei Mei Chu — 01 Aug 2013, 01:22 PM — Updated over 7 years ago
Mr. Li was walking through the Guangzhou airport security with a KFC burger in his bag
Man tries to smuggle pet turtle through china airport security using KFC burger.
A MAN has attempted to smuggle his beloved pet turtle through airport security by hiding it in a KFC burger. On Monday, a man known only as Mr Li
A MAN has attempted to smuggle his "beloved" pet turtle through airport security by hiding it in a KFC burger.
On Monday, a man known only as Li was flying from China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to the capital Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported citing the Guangzhou Daily.
But the airport security X-ray machine showed something not quite right with the burger
Turtle Disguised As Burger Smuggled Through Airport In China
We've heard of snakes on a plane, but now turtles, too?
Security officials at China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport noticed something rather peculiar in the bag of a traveler identified only as "Mr. Li" on Monday.
The airport's X-ray machine showed “suspicious corners” on what appeared to be a KFC sandwich package, according to the AFP.
Mr. Li vehemently insisted the item was "nothing but a burger. " When security staff pointed out that the odd shape of the burger resembled that of a turtle, Li replied, “There is no turtle in there, just a hamburger. There’s nothing special to see inside,” the South China Morning Post News.
Officials forced Mr. Li to open his bag and found that he was indeed attempting to transport his "beloved" pet turtle on the plane. The man reportedly was able to entrust the animal in a friend's care before continuing on his flight to Beiing.
According to Kotaku, users of Weibo -- China's Twitter -- have been responding to the story by uploading the "Turtle Burger" image seen above and first posted by Flickr user Flaunted.
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Man tries to hide turtle in burger to sneak it past airport security
A MAN has attempted to smuggle his &quotbeloved&quot pet turtle through airport security by hiding it in a KFC burger.
This image from Flickr user "flaunted" shows a different take on trying to disguise a turtle as a burger. Source:Flickr
A MAN has attempted to smuggle his &quotbeloved&quot pet turtle through airport security by hiding it in a KFC burger.
On Monday, a man known only as Mr Li was flying from China&aposs Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to the capital Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported citing the Guangzhou Daily.
As Mr Li&aposs bag was passed through an X-ray machine, airport security officers noticed what were described as "odd protrusions" coming out of the burger which Li had packed in his bag.
"There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger," Mr Li said, according to the report. "There’s nothing special to see inside."
The turtle was discovered in a subsequent inspection and Mr Li said he had only hatched the odd plan as he wanted to travel with his "beloved" turtle.
Despite his affection for the animal, Mr Li agreed to leave his pet with a friend while he was away in Beijing.
Passenger tries to sneak pet turtle onboard plane, says it’s just ‘a hamburger’
A Chinese man who couldn't bear to be away from his pet turtle tried smuggling it on board a plane by hiding it in a hamburger.
Mr. Li was stopped at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Monday after security staff spotted "something peculiar" in his KFC carton as it passed through the X-ray machine.
"It's nothing but a burger," he reportedly told guards. "There is no turtle in there, just a hamburger. There's nothing special to see inside."
But officials ordered him to open the bag and take out the fast-food package, finding that he indeed was trying to take his pet on the plane.
He later confessed to hatching the plan because he couldn't stand being away from his shelled companion.
The South China Morning Post reports he was able to hand the animal over to a friend before continuing on his flight to Beijing.
That’s Not Going to Fly: Man Hides Turtle in Hamburger at Security Checkpoint
On Monday, a Chinese man was boarding a flight from Guangzhou to Beijing when airline authorities spied something suspicious sticking out a KFC burger he had reportedly packed in his bag.
The Guangzhou Daily reports that local airport authorities handling security were surprised when they found something a little different about the burger – odd “protrusions” seemed to be showing up on the X-ray machine.
The man, by all accounts known solely as Mr. Li, was then asked to surrender the mystery burger for inspection. Although he insisted that there was nothing to see, authorities persisted. According to the South China Morning Post:
Li finally acquiesced to an inspection after repeated requests from airport staff, who uncovered the pet turtle hidden inside the burger. When asked why he had devised this strange idea, Li said that he had only wanted to travel together with his “beloved” turtle.
After airport staff explained to Li why he had to abandon his turtle, he reluctantly relinquished the reptile to a trusted friend. It is unclear why Li didn’t seek alternative transportation methods or arrangements for his pet.
Man hospitalised after trying to kiss snapping turtle
A Fujian man was left with a bad case of swelling after trying to kiss to an alligator snapping turtle he was releasing into the wild, Shanghai Daily reports.
Photos of the turtle dangling from the man's lips were uploaded to Weibo by the man's friends, after the animal latched its powerful jaws onto the man's face mid-smooch.
The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world based on weight, and has a bite that can take off a human finger or break through a broom handle.
The animal is non-native to China, primarily found in the southeastern US, and is considered damaging to the country's eco-system due its highly carnivorous nature.
Authorities believe the turtle may have been kept as a pet by the man before he decided it was too much to handle and released it into the wild. The alligator snapping turtle is available as an exotic pet but is only recommended to the most experienced aquatic turtle handlers.
In August 2013, a man attempted to smuggle a (much smaller) turtle through a Guangzhou airport by disguising it as a hamburger and putting it inside a KFC box. His efforts were unsuccessful.
Bizarre smuggling attempts including pigeons in pants, monkeys up shirts and turtles disguised as burgers
This is what you call a lotta bottle – a smuggler trying to sneak booze into teetotal Saudi Arabia using concealed pockets in his trousers.
The bottles were also covered with a traditional white robe, but customs officials noticed how oddly he was walking and soon discovered his boozy swag.
Now he faces jail and a possible public flogging.
But he’s far from the first to apply a little imagination – or downright idiocy – to a smuggling bid.
Stuffing a live monkey up your blouse and claiming to be pregnant sounds like a comedy script. But that’s exactly what American Gypsy Lawson, 29, did to sneak a drugged rhesus monkey into the US in 2008. At first she got away with it, flying from Thailand with her mother without raising suspicion. But both were arrested after she bragged to an assistant in a clothes shop - who alerted the FBI.
What would you disguise a consignment of spicy sausages as to smuggle them from Mexico to Texas? Well, a 21-year-old woman from South Texas put them in babies’ nappies in 2008. Security got wind of her plot when she told them the nappies were soiled. Ugh.
A man called Li tried to smuggle his pet turtle on a flight to Beijing – disguised as a hamburger. Staff noticed “odd protrusions” sticking out of the KFC burger in his bag and found his snack had a hard shell – and a startled expression.
Californian Jereme James, 33, smuggled three live iguanas into Los Angeles in his prosthetic leg after taking them from a nature reserve in Fiji in 2002. He sold the trio of endangered reptiles for nearly £20,000 before his home was raided and another four seized.
Getting a buzz
Customs caught Svetlana Ivanyshka of Ukraine trying to smuggle hashish in the battery compartment of a vibrator when she got to Kiev from New Delhi in 2007. Two of her favourite things, perhaps?
It’s all gone pong
Smugglers tried to transport 814 turtles and 160 king cobras through Malaysia beneath a truckload of garlic in 2009. The protected reptiles were hidden in bags under 2.3 tons of garlic to disguise their distinctive pong. However, local authorities smelled a rat and released the reptiles back in to the jungle.
Snakes on a plane
A slippery smuggler checked in for a flight from Australia to Thailand in 2009 with a case containing 24 shingleback lizards, 16 bluetongue lizards and three black-headed pythons. He’d also stuffed an endangered albino carpet python into his bag. That’s the type Britney Spears draped over her neck in Slave 4U.
After smuggling £11,000-worth of drugs in their backsides, George Karanja and Nathan Smith gave the game away with a cocky selfie. They went from London to Plymouth to sell crack cocaine and heroin, carefully concealed where the sun don’t shine. But police who stopped their car this year found a mobile phone selfie of them posing with a stash of ill-gotten cash.
Forget ants in your pants. Officials caught a man with two live pigeons in his after spotting his funny walk after he flew from Dubai to Melbourne. He also had two birds’ eggs in his luggage.
Putting contraband inside a plaster cast is an old scam, but one Chilean drug mule took it a step further by wearing a cast made of cocaine in 2009. Officials in Barcelona said the 66-year-old smuggler may even have broken his shin deliberately so the cast was convincing. In total he had 4.85kg of the drug.
Two British-based drug mules had a hair-brained scheme to smuggle £175,000-worth of cocaine from Jamaica to London by hiding it inside their wigs. Tanisha Samuel, 20, and Shereen Hardy, 18, both from Derby stuffed 2kg of the drug into black socks stitched unde their syrups. They hoped to earn an easy £4,000 for the job, but instead they were jailed for a year each in 2008.
Grainy surveillance video caught drug smugglers at the Arizona-Mexico border using a makeshift catapult to fling small bales of marijuana across. At least four men were spotted loading the device. Agents tipped off Mexican authorities, who discovered 45 pounds of marijuana had made it across the border.
After discovering dozens of bottles containing liquid ketamine (the horse-tranquiliser drug), a smuggler tried to escape arrest by telling customs officials it was holy water. The cheeky New Yorker was caught near Niagra Falls in 2008 trying to bring the drug across the border from Canada. He claimed the bottles of fluid were among a bundle of “holy items” he was bringing back from from his trip north, but a sniffer dog begged to differ.
A Canadian woman tried to smuggle 2kg of cocaine in a fake baby bump in September last year. Tabitha Leah Ritchie, 28, from Toronto, was stopped at Bogota airport in Columbia when officials realised her belly was cold and hard. She had stuffed a latex bump with drugs and taped it to her body.
A woman getting off a flight in Melbourne, Australia in 2005 was wearing a purpose-built apron under her clothes to hide 15 water-filled plastic bags with 51 tropical fish. She was caught when officials heard “flipping” noises from the vicinity of her waist.
In March this year police discovered a plot to smuggle a thieving dwarf out of Britain to his native Romania. A pal had posted a Facebook message appealing for help from holidaymakers to sneak out the 38ins fugitive, known only as “the midget”. in a suitcase. The friend wrote: “He’s done a lot of stupid stuff here: he broke into a gas station in Elephant & Castle, also into some houses. and he’s done some cards. But I won’t go into details! He’s being looked for here and wants to go back to Romania.” Finally, it wasn’t clear if the plot went ahead or if police had foiled it.