Sex toys stopped at security, but snakes in a bag get through

Some airports have strange security rules …

Strange airport security protocols

It may seem annoying when you’re asked to pull out your laptop or tablet, or have airport security rifle through your toiletries bag looking for liquids or powders, but we all go through this process knowing that it’s our safety they have in mind.

So, it’s somewhat perplexing when you hear stories such as this.

Earlier this month, a passenger in a German airport triggered a full terminal shutdown, after being reluctant to disclose the contents of their suitcase.

The passenger claimed it was full of ‘technical stuff’ but security feared the presence of explosives, so the entire terminal D at Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport was shut down and evacuated as staff searched the suspicious suitcase.

Turns out it was full of sex toys.

Then, not long after, a man passed through Düsseldorf airport security with 20 snakes in his carry-on bag and flew to Moscow, where Russian customs discovered the slithery contents.

The man told the Environmental Protection Agency in Moscow that he’d bought the snakes at a market in Germany and his receptacle of reptiles aroused no suspicion at the Düsseldorf security check.

So, supposedly, it’s okay to carry snakes in a bag, as long as they’re not venomous and passengers have the necessary documents.

But it does make one wonder why 120mls of shampoo would be confiscated at the gate.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve managed to get through customs? Have you ever been asked to leave something at the security check? What was it?



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    29th Sep 2018
    It's interesting that the 120ml shampoo didn't get thru security. Isn't the 100ml rule 'the norm' when going thru security when boarding an international flight no matter where you're going to/from?

    29th Sep 2018
    In parochial school students are taught that lying is a sin. However, instructors also advised that using a bit of imagination was OK to express the truth differently without lying. Below is a perfect example of those teachings

    Getting a Hairdryer Through Customs.

    An attractive young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, 'Father, may I ask a favour?'

    'Of course child. What may I do for you?'

    'Well, I bought my mother an expensive hair dryer for her birthday. It is unopened but well over the Customs limits and I'm afraid they'll confiscate it. Is there any way you could carry it through customs for me? Hide it under your robes perhaps?'

    'I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you, I will not lie.'

    'With your honest face, Father, no one will question you.'

    When they got to Customs, she let the priest go first. The official asked, 'Father, do you have anything to declare?'

    'From the top of my head down to my waist I have nothing to declare.'

    The official thought this answer strange, so asked, 'And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?'

    'I have a marvellous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused.'

    Roaring with laughter, the official said, 'Go ahead, Father. Next please!'
    29th Sep 2018
    Boarding a plane in Mauritius to go to Jo'burg, I had my pocket knife in my trouser pocket. It was commandeered of course, which was entirely my fault. However, I was rather peeved when, as a meal was served on the plane, all the cutlery was steel.
    29th Sep 2018
    The strangest thing that I have (just) got through customs is me!

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