A man was arrested in Florida last week at the Miami Airport after he tried to smuggle 10 reptiles on a flight by carrying the animals in his pants.
Seven snakes and three tortoises were packed in women’s pantyhose and found in the man’s pants as he waited to board a flight to Brazil.
The man, who was not named, was arrested by U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and charged with “harbouring animals in an unnatural habitat”, according to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Blog.
TSA used specific imaging technology, which allows agents to find potential threats when they found the animals.
The reptiles’ incident came few days after a similar one happened in California, when a woman tried to board a flight to China with endangered birds strapped to her body.
Transportation Security Administration officers found one of the bright yellow birds taped to the woman’s chest and another was taped to her leg as she tried to get onto a flight at Los Angeles Airport.
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said unusual items are often found on passengers, but the agency was surprised by two creature-smuggling attempts in the same week.
Lisa Farbstein told the New York Daily News:
“All of our jaws dropped. It just goes to show the lengths that people will go to try to sneak something past officials.”
The reptiles found in man’s trousers were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife officers.